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IN THE BEGINNING (AM ANFANG)

How much truth does a human need? Where did the Enlightenment take us? It became the driving force of modern life and thought. Of science, too. Today, thanks to technology, we can look inside ourself, and even into the life that succeeds us, that is, into unborn life. German leads in the world in prenatal diagnostics - becoming human in the maternal body: a series of ultrasound photos, regular prophylactic medical examinations, of prenatal preparatory courses, yet also ending at times in late abortions.

IN THE BEGINNING is a calm examination of a much-discussed and controversial field of medical research. It is an intimate film about love, hope and existential decisions. And about the secret of pregnancy and becoming human, which still remains a mystery even in an era of technical surveillance.

The director interviewed women and doctors and filmed their lives. The resulting material presents a non-judgemental view of the expectations of starting a family, and also depitcs the tragedy of decisions that will bring truth to light in their wake, and may indeed represent the first substantial ruptures in the course of a life.
Genre Human Interest, Society, Women
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Josephine Links
Screenplay Josephine Links
Cinematography Lotta Kilian
Producers Annekatrin Hendel, Maria Wischnewski
Production Company IT WORKS! Medien/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, RBB, ARTE
Runtime 80 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, color, 1:1.85
Language
 German, French
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Kasseler Dokfest 2013
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board

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