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From The Fanlight Collection
Deadly Inheritance
Directed by Luc Bourgon
Produced by Northern Lights Television
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For twenty years, 38-year-old Christie Kilgore has lived with the knowledge that she may be carrying the gene that causes Huntington's disease, the fatal neurological disorder which has afflicted her mother and others in her family. Thanks to recent advances in genetics, she has been given a new and frightening opportunity: the chance to discover if she is going to live or die.

This extraordinary documentary follows Christie and her family over the months between her initial blood test and the unforgettable moment when she is told her results. More than just a gripping medical suspense story, this is a real-life drama of love, family, and compassion.

DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.


"An excellent portrayal of the psychosocial issues associated with genetic testing." —Dr. Beverly Kopala, Loyola University

"In the years ahead, more and more individuals and families will have to grapple with the sorts of questions facing the family in this production. This is a wonderful piece of work, and deserves to be seen by a very large audience." —Dr. Rod Morrison, Director of the Huntington Society of Canada

Freddie Award, International Health & Medical Film Festival
Silver Award, Health Sciences Communications Association
Best Documentary, Bar Harbor Film Festival
Best Social Issue Documentary, Hot Docs, Canada
Bronze Award, National Educational Media Network
National Media Award, Canadian Nurses Association
Bronze Award, Columbus International Film Festival

44 minutes / Color
Closed Captioned
Release: 1997
Copyright: 1997

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Aging, Death and Dying, Family Relations, Fanlight Collection, Genetics, Health Care Issues, Health Issues, Medicine

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