Happy Friday MMT Fam! I remember being a teen and first hearing the story of how the HeLa cells were obtained. I was amazed and angered at the same time, and I really couldn’t imagine how the family and loved ones of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks felt when they became aware of how her cells were unknowingly harvested.
So I was eager to watch the 2017 HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which Oprah Winfrey executive produces and stars, when it premiered earlier this year.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed 2010 novel by Rebecca Skloot, the 2017 Emmy-nominated film is told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey). The film chronicles her search, along with journalist (Rose Byrne as Skloot), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
With a supporting cast that includes Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey, Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Leslie Uggams, Reed Birney, Rocky Carroll and John Douglas Thompson, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty, and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.
And guess what MMT Fam? Our friends over at HBO Films have provided DVD/Digital HD copies for giveaway to two lucky subscribers, in honor of the upcoming Blu-RayTM and DVD release on September 5!
To put your name in the hat to win, you must be subscribed to this website and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “HeLa” and your full name and address in the body. Want to double your chances for one of those copies? Tag @MMThoughts on Facebook or @musicfilmdiva on Twitter/Instagram while sharing this post!
Two winners will be selected and notified by Thursday, September 7. You can get additional information about the film at the official site here.
Good Luck! Thomasena