Film Screening: Future Baby

Film - Documentary | April 6 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Please join us at 5:00 pm on April 6th, 2017 at UC Berkeley for a free screening of FUTURE BABY, the just-released documentary about the future of human reproduction as it unfolds right before our eyes.

Comments and Q&A after the screening by UC Hastings Professor Radhika Rao and UC Davis Professor Lisa Ikemoto.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at no additional cost!

This is the third and last event of the 2017 Being Human in a Biotech Age Film Series at UC Berkely.

About the Film:
FUTURE BABY is a film about the future of human reproduction as it is happening right before our eyes. Maria Arlamovsky’s exploration takes her all around the world - to patients and researchers, to egg donors and surrogate mothers, to laboratories and clinics. The hopes and wishes of future parents mesh with research on how to "upgrade" human embryos in the face of an ever accelerating rate of progress. How far do we want to go?

About the speakers:
RADHIKA RAO teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, property, and the law of the human body at UC Hastings School of Law. She has been a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Trento in Italy
Professor Rao has written articles on abortion, assisted reproduction, cloning, stem cell research, genetic privacy, gene patenting, and property rights in the human body. She was a member of the California Advisory Committee on Human Cloning, and currently serves on the California Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.

LISA IKEMOTO teaches bioethics, health care law, public health law, reproductive rights, law & policy, and marital property. Her research areas include reproductive and genetic technology uses, health care disparities, and public health law. More specifically, she focuses on the ways that race and gender mediate access to and impacts of biomedical technology use and health care. Her recent work addresses reproductive tourism, the ways in which human gamete use links the fertility and biotechnology industries, and the privatizing effects of informed consent. Professor Ikemoto is a Bioethics Associate of the U.C. Davis Health System Bioethics Program, and a Faculty Associate of the U.C. Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies.

For more information about the film The State of Eugenics and to watch the trailer, visit

Being Human in a Biotech Age is organized by:
The Center for Genetics and Society
Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
Gender & Women's Studies - Chau Hoi Shuen Gender and Science Initiative
Boalt Healthcare and Biotech Law Society

and co-sponsored by:
Department of Ethnic Studies
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
UC Berkeley Disability Studies

About the Being Human in a Biotech Age Film Series:
With powerful new biotechnologies now emerging, the prospect of creating humans with “better” genetic characteristics is on the horizon. Some support these technologies as a way to "seize control of human evolution" or as an efficient means of producing "enhanced" children and future generations. Others believe that they would encourage efforts to engineer children to specification, and that creating genetically modified humans would open the door to new forms of inequality, discrimination and conflict. This film series explores what it means to be human in a biotech age.