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Breeding Cells

Alternative title
Schwangere Zellen
Synopsis
Filmed in the ward of reproductional medicine at Charite Hospital in Berlin, this video looks at the procedures involved in a fertility clinic through an experimental anthropological gaze. Concerned with the way in which the highly technical process can marginalise the couples involved in fertility treatment, the film looks at the contradictions inherent in the way in which a highly controlled, regulated environment is presented as being there to assist nature. Closely describing the routines and moral concerns of the medical staff, the film portrays a transitional time, when biotechnological science fiction is becoming part of everyday life. This film was produced within a video-seminar of Christina von Braun, Kulturwissenschaftliches Seminar, Humboldt University, Berlin.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Year of production
2009
Subjects
Anthropology; Medical sciences
Keywords
artificial insemination; ethnography; fertility - human

Credits

Director
Anna Straube; Gregor Gaida; Mirren Artola; Saskia Warzeka

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£20.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
39 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

Humboldt University, Berlin

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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