Made in India

One of the best things about PBS is the opportunity to watch great documentary films that you don’t see anywhere else.  That’s a good thing especially for our audience because you consistently tune in every Sunday evening at 10:30pm to catch the latest “Independent Lens” or “POV” program.  Several times over the past year I’ve received an email from the “Independent Lens” folks letting me know Columbus was one of the highest viewing audiences in the country for their film that week.  My feeling has always been, if it’s a good program people will watch, and they’ve given us some great programs.

This Sunday late night, or early Monday morning, we’ll be airing the documentary film “Made in India”.  This documentary examines the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India.  The viewer will follow the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together.   To be honest when I first read the program description I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  I sat back to watch the film with some reservations.   It’s a well-rounded piece of work, on a personal level I still haven’t settled the subject in my mind.   Surrogate “outsourcing” is a growing international industry, “Made In India” explores the complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology and choice from a global perspective.   Set your DVR to catch this one.

“Made in India” will air early Monday morning May 14 at 12:00am on WOSU TV.