Film review: Do our bodies belong to us?

Puja Sen, Vrinda Marwah

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.083


Abstract

Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus is a visual and intellectual feat, one that is able to ask fundamental questions about our relationship with our bodies in the modern world. The film reveals how the maintenance and management – under fast-paced scientific innovation – of the able body that sees, resists internal degeneration and replaces defunct organs to live for as long as possible is more under medical control, and under the control of capital, than we think. This is a world in which organs are a part of global traffic and circulate within a system of capital flow. Gandhi raises deeply philosophical questions against the background of this material context, exploring issues related to ethics, political action and choice.

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