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Baby Makers 

Wednesday, Apr 30 2014
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People in the Bay Area love the snappy rejoinder, "There's an app for that." The phrase dazzles with its simplicity, and speaks to how many first world problems — catching a cab, finding the bus, ordering Chinese food at 3 a.m. — can be solved with the click of an icon. But when your "app" involves using another person, things can get a lot more complicated. Breeders: A Subclass of Women? shows just how ethically-challenging hiring someone can be. The documentary explores the growing practice of pregnancy surrogacy, where a woman carries a child in her womb for someone else, and then gives the baby away once it's born. This can be a savior for parents who otherwise couldn't conceive, but is also used by wealthy families who find pregnancy an inconvenience in today's image-conscious world. Breeders is not a polemic against the idea, but it does raise important questions. Delivering a baby, as the film shows, involves a much larger emotional investment than delivering Chinese food. Sometimes there really isn't an app for that.


Tue., May 13, 7 p.m., 2014

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