Starting Friday, Dec. 4, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater offers virtual cinema access to “Ending Disease,” an intriguing new, four-episode documentary series about a revolution in medicine coming from the first generation of clinical trials for stem cell and regenerative therapies to treat conditions that were previously deemed incurable. It will be viewed in two parts (Part 1 consists of episodes 1 & 2 and Part 2 consists of episodes 3 & 4).
Medicine is fundamentally changing from treatments to cures, and this film follows the stories of the first patients (and their doctors) to receive stem cell and CAR T-cell therapy for some of the most vexing diseases known to humanity - cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, HIV/AIDS, paralysis, blindness, and more. After the George W. Bush administration banned federal stem cell research on religious grounds, California passed a ballot initiative to raise $3 billion for research into regenerative medicine. The documentary was granted unprecedented access to follow 10 of the first clinical trials coming from that research, and the results are groundbreaking, creating exactly the kind of optimism that people are looking for in the midst of this pandemic.
To help keep the Cinema Art Theater’s screens lit, visit rehobothfilm.com for streaming links to watch one or several available films at home. The distributor sets the fee but if more than one person is watching, it is a bargain.