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Baby Makers 

Wednesday, Apr 30 2014

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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