Google Baby

Director: Zippi Brand Frank
Running time: 76 ’ - Israel, 2009

Director’s Bio
 

Award winning documentary filmmaker Zippi Brand Frank has produced and directed in the last 10 years three documentary series that were broadcasted worldwide with big success:
“She is in the army now” – “Yerukot” - An unusually intimate glimpse inside the Israeli Defense Forces, and at the conflicted role of women in the military. Brand Frank was awarded the prestigious Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University for her work as a documentary filmmaker and a journalist.
Since 1993 Brand Frank has played different roles in the Israeli TV. In her 12 years as a political reporter, investigative journalist, editorialist, anchor and news producer, she has covered four national Israeli elections, the Oslo Accords, the Rabin assassination, the First and Second Intifada and other major events.



Contact Director
 
Zippi Brand Frank
53 David Hamelech St., Tel Aviv 64237
Israel
Tel: +972-54-5227775
E-mail: z.n.brand@gmail.com


Festival-Screenings
 
2009 Toronto International film festival- Real to Reel
2009 International Women’s Film Festival, Israel
2009 IDFA Official selection
 

The EBS International Documentary Festival  

 

Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden

  ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia
 

DocPoint, Helsinki

Directed, Produced: Zippi Brand Frank

 

Co-Producer: Zvi Frank

 

Cinematography: Uri Ackerman

 

Editing: Tal Rabiner

 
Original Music: Karni Postel  
   

Synopsis
 

Google Baby is a journey across three continents telling the story of the up and coming baby production industry in the age of globalization.

Doron, an Israeli entrepreneur with a high tech background proposes a new service - Baby production. The baby producer (as he introduces himself) provides customers with a cost effective solution using outsourcing of the surrogacy element to India as way to lower prices. The preferred genetic material is selected by the clients and the rest is left in the hands of the producer: Sperm and eggs are purchased on-line and multiple embryos are produced and frozen. Packed in liquid nitrogen only the embryos that fit the customers preferences are shipped by air to India - where they are implanted into the wombs of local surrogates. The customers arrive only at the end of the nine month pregnancy period to pick up their babies.

Today, technology has turned 'making a baby' into an act independent of sex. And globalization is making it affordable. All one needs is a credit card. Instructions can be found on YouTube.



World sales
 
Films Transit International Inc.
Jan Rofekamp
252 Gouin Boulevard East Montreal.
Quebec, Canada H3L 1A8
Phone: 514 844 3358
E-mail: janrofekamp@filmstransit.com


Director’s Statement
 

At the intersection of the human will to bear children, modern technology, and the global economy, a new market has evolved. Babies are being created through a series of business transactions while applying the principles of outsourcing to the world of human fertility.

I believe the business aspects of the reproduction industry are intriguing not to say frightening. The global economy is exploited to its full measure growing ahead of any formation of moral rules or ethics. With no real existing legal barriers to overcome and lots of money to be made the human reproduction industry is steaming ahead. I tried trough Google baby to provide a glimpse to what I believe is likely to become a major issue for humanity in the future ahead.