Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
(2007) (Shown on video): The correct side of the stem-cell debate gets another human face with this doc, which tells of Dr. Jack Kessler. Shortly after heading up the neurology department at Northwestern University, his teen daughter Allison was paralyzed from the waist down by a skiing accident, causing him to devote his studies to finding a stem-cell-related cure. A panel discussion led by Inky medical staff writer Marie McCullough will follow. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Dec. 19, 5:30pm (reception), 6:15 (film).
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Road to Guant�namo
(2006) (Shown on DVD): Perhaps the first omen of the indifference that met this year 's crop of politically minded Hollywood fare was the complete non-reaction to Michael Winterbottom's Gitmo doc--a potential powder keg that drummed up mucho conservative pundit scorn and general hoopla but disappeared almost as fast as an Iraq drama directed by Brian De Palma. Mixing documentary and recreations, Guant�namo focuses on the sad tale of the Tipton Three, a trio of brown-skinned Brits who wound up interred at Guant�namo for two years. His recreations are genius, but the film, like many of Winterbottom's (24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart), never quite builds to the bitterly damning ode it should have been. B- Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30pm.
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