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Do You Really Want to Know? (2012)

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A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families who have been ... See full summary »

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John Zaritsky

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John Zaritsky
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Jeffrey Carroll Jeffrey Carroll ... Himself
Gaalen Engen ... John Roder (Re-enactment)
Lini Evans ... Mary-Lou Roder (Re-enactment)
Paul Griggs ... Tom Monahan (Re-enactment)
Michael Hayden Michael Hayden ... Himself
John Roder John Roder ... Himself
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A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families who have been confronted with the decision of whether or not to be tested for Huntington's disease - a degenerative neurological illness that is akin to having ALS, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's - and one of the first diseases people could be accurately and conclusively tested for, before the onset of any symptoms. As scientists discover more ways to identify diseases before we know we have them, "do you really want to know?" will be a question more and more of us will face. Written by Eastwood, Kevin

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Canada

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English

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August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Optic Nerve Films See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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A very moving documentary about those who live with the possibility of Huntingtons Disease

An inspiring and touching look at how members of three families decide or not to find out if they are carriers of the Huntingtons gene. I knew very little about Huntingtons Disease before watching. I knew one person who has Huntingtons Disease and another who is a carrier of the gene. Seeing this film gave me some understanding of what Huntingtons Disease is and how it impacts whole families. Witnessing the struggle each person has when facing the decision to find out if they carry the Huntingtons gene or not, was riveting. The film brought multiple perspectives on the decision making process to the viewer, which allowed for a deeper appreciation of the complexity of this process. The film had an excellent balance between its emotional and informative content and the subject was treated with respect, compassion and understanding. Inspiring and humane, this film is definitely worth your time!


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