Children Of  Men

Amherst Cinema Amherst, MA


Dr. Halina Wiczyk

Reproductive Endocrinologist, Baystate Medical Center

Children of Men— New Frontiers in Fertility Treatment

A discussion of ovarian aging, environmental effects on fertility, and new frontiers in fertility treatment.

Amherst Cinema Amherst, MA

Film Synopsis

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

It is the year 2027, and it has been 18 years since the last baby was born. Explosions erupt in cafes, surveillance cameras abound, armed guards roam the streets, and illegal immigrants are hauled into teeming refugee camps. Theo (Clive Owen), a jaded employee of the Ministry of Energy, tunes out the chaos that surrounds him, but finds his apolitical stance challenged by the reappearance of his former lover, Julian (Julianne Moore). Now the leader of an underground immigrant rights group, Julian pleads with Theo to help escort a young female refugee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) out of the country. After reluctantly agreeing to lend a hand, Theo discovers that the refugee is harboring a shocking, hopeful secret: she is pregnant. Adapted from the P. D. James novel of the same name, Children of Men was nominated for three Academy Awards.

About the Speaker

Dr. Halina Wiczyk is a reproductive endocrinologist at Baystate Medical Center. She started the In Vitro Fertilization program 25 years ago and has seen it develop into a state-of-the-art entity offering myriad treatments. She is also a clerkship director in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Tufts University School of Medicine. Ob/Gyn is a core requirement in medical school and approximately a quarter of the Tufts class rotates through Baystate in their third year.