Indian American’s film on stem cell research for CannesMarch 28th, 2008 - 2:29 pm ICT by admin
New York, March 28 (IANS) A film by an Indian American doctor that questions the conservative American mindset on stem cell research will be premiered at Cannes soon. Conservative Americans have been opposing stem cell research and describing it as murder. The film “Hope”, based on a novel by Shelley Chawla, a neurologist in Kansas, will be sold at the MIPTV Cannes - an audiovisual and digital content market - in April and at the Cannes Film Market in May.
Partly shot in New Delhi, the film is marketed by Mumbai- and London-based iDream Independent Pictures, known for backing crossover hits like “Monsoon Wedding” and “Bend it Like Beckham”, a press release said.
Without stars or frills, Chawla’s film tells the story of a powerful US senator who built his career on a conservative platform and is challenged for taking a tough stance against embryonic stem cell research.
The controversy becomes a personal dilemma for the senator when his son is paralysed in a car wreck and he finds that stem cell research work done in India is his only hope for a cure.
Chawla said the movie or his novel, “Hope…in vitro”, might not bring an instant resolution of the problem. “But it will certainly throw up a debate and may lead to some conclusion,” he said.
He finds it a paradox that stem cell research is forbidden in a scientifically advanced country like the US.
Chawla, 42, came to the US from Punjab after studying medicine.
Kansas-based Rich Ambler has directed the film.