Friday, November 30, 2007

A free movie screening

Terra Incognita 2007

Terra Incognita is a feature length documentary film and companion civic engagement campaign featuring the story of Dr. Jack Kessler, the current chair of Northwestern University's Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, and his daughter, Allison, an undergraduate student at Harvard University. When Kessler was invited to head up the Neurology Department at Northwestern, his focus was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes. However, soon after his move to Chicago, Allison -- then age 15, was injured in a skiing accident and paralyzed from the waist down. In the moments following the accident, Dr. Kessler made the decision to change the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Through Kessler's story, we bring the stem cell debate to the public for discussion. The film follows the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science and the resilience and courage of people living every day with devastating disease and injury.

Please contact us if you'd like to host a community screening of the film.

90 minutes

Saturday, December 15th 2:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6630
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"Terra Incognita" screening
Join Kartemquin and Independent Lens for a Community Cinema screening of Kartemquin's recent stem cell documentary, "Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita."
admission is free.

I will most likely be going to see this movie again. It is a great documentary that is both touching and informative. Contact me at for more information about possibly riding together.

The film will also be broadcast nationally on PBS' Independent Lens on January


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