The story of Henrietta Lacks has long been one that needed to be told on screen, and now, HBO has done just that.
Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells the story of an African-American women who, in 1951, became the unwitting donor of the HeLa cell. That cell has been described as one of the most important in medical research and has been used for cancer and AIDS research and it also helped develop the polio vaccine.
Unfortunately, Lacks’ cells were taken without her permission and their continued use brings into question patients’ rights and privacy.
Adapted from the book of the same name, the film debuts on HBO April 22nd. Will you be watching?