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Anya (2019)

ANYA is a contemporary sci-fi love story about a newlywed couple who turn to a scientist for help having a baby and find themselves at the center of a genetic puzzle with far reaching implications and an ethically ambiguous solution.
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Credited cast:
Anthony Aguilar ... Aquiles
Ali Ahn ... Libby
Mary Theresa Archbold Mary Theresa Archbold ... Terry
Diego A. Arellano Diego A. Arellano ... Hector
Dylan Booth Dylan Booth ... Young Marco
Andrew Casanova ... Young Man
Motell Gyn Foster ... Dr. Seymour Livingston
Ana Maria Jomolca Ana Maria Jomolca ... Sara
Ana Kayne ... Fausta
Olivia Oguma ... Rika Endo
Geisha Otero Geisha Otero ... Narval Mother
Gil Perez-Abraham ... Marco
Tess Romero ... Young Fausta
Barbara Rosenblat ... Dr. Rosalind Pfenning
Jay Santiago ... Narval Widower
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Marco is keeping a big secret from his wife Libby and doesn't know how to tell her. But after three miscarriages, Marco has no choice. When he tells Libby that his culture believes anyone who marries outside his community is cursed to never have kids, she thinks he's lying. Libby takes him to an ex-boyfriend geneticist, Seymour, to help talk some sense into him. When Seymour accidentally discovers Marco's people might be special from a scientific perspective, he offers to help them overcome their infertility. But in return, Seymour wants to pry open Marco's secretive community so he can publish on his groundbreaking discovery. Marco must decide between having a future with Libby or betraying his community. Written by Carylanna Taylor

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26 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sci-fi for science geeks
9 December 2019 | by sarahkensingtonSee all my reviews

The premise is straightforward. A woman named Libby with infertility problems is told by her husband Marco that the reason they can't conceive is because he's cursed. She gets pissed off and pays a visit to Seymour, a scientist friend/ex-boyfriend to help explain that curses play no role in their inability to conceive. As it happens, the husband Marco comes from a secretive community of people who are biologically different. And when Seymour mockingly takes their samples, he starts a chain of events that leads to him stumbling into a big discovery, that there is a viable second species of humans living among us. The scientist Seymour is itching to prove his hypothesis, but he needs more samples from these mysterious people. He convinces the couple to help him get more samples of these strange people -- they want to have a kid, remember? So Marco finally agrees to open himself up to the secretive people he comes from. It's an interesting, well researched story based in science that captures the feeling of how discoveries are made and explores the ethical issues around consent. I found it provocative, fast paced and well made.


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