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A scientific and social exploration of the future of human reproductive technology.A scientific and social exploration of the future of human reproductive technology.A scientific and social exploration of the future of human reproductive technology.
The Sundance Film Festival describes Frozen Angels as "a mesmerizing work that is not so much a science film as a startling conduit into the future of the American Dream, where 'perfect children' can be added to the shopping list." The film makes the connection between individual desire and a society that would seek to design its children. It takes a rollercoaster ride through Los Angeles, a city better known for freeways, film sets of epic proportions, silicone implants, Governor Schwarzenegger, Muscle Beach, and Disneyland - for elevating the superficial to an art. But in the Mecca of the "Body Perfect," one in six couples are now infertile and Angelinos lead the world in the number of fertility clinics per capita. With no government regulation to restrict them, L.A. is home to the world's largest egg donor agency, largest sperm bank, and largest surrogate mother agency. Nearly all these businesses' customers are wealthy, and almost all are white. With the potential to screen for more than 2,000 genetic diseases coming on line in the very near future, who would risk having imperfect children the old-fashioned way? And what corporation would insure them? Frozen Angels is a highly visual and stylized film, often more reminiscent of fiction or a science fiction film than documentary: the fluid camera is almost always in motion on a steadicam, in automobiles or helicopters. With no narration, the characters tell their own conflicting stories; viewers are asked to contemplate their own thoughts about the coming of the new eugenics and the world we will leave for the children being created. No one's moral code is left unchallenged. —ITVS
Frozen Angels Provides a Vivid Look Into Our Ever-Growing Manmade Society
This movie was written and directed by Eric Black and Frauke Sandig. This is their second collaboration in the documentary genre. The first one was called "After the Fall" about the Berlin Wall. This movie, however takes us into the real world of the creation of the "perfect" child. From the sperm donations to the surrogate mothers to the gene researchers etc. Showing the viewers that if you want a blue-eyed blonde-haired child, it can easily be done. Maybe a little too easily. I liked the fact that this documentary rung true. I set out to make the public aware of these man-made children and it did not sugar coat it or apologize for it. Very interesting film I would highly suggest you rent, especially if you are thinking of adopting, being a surrogate mother, donating eggs, or donating sperm.
- May 2, 2005
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