Every now and then human beings are
born "just stuck together"
as the conjoined Hensel girls would
tell you. Sometimes they can be safely
separated and sometimes they can't.
Either way they are human beings who
possess all that makes us human. They
love, laugh and have a sense of humor.
They play, work and have ambition.
They depend upon family and friends
to help make their lives rich and
Joined at Birth is about amazing people
known as conjoined twins. It's not
the first documentary about conjoined
twins, but it is possibly the most
comprehensive. We look at all the
ways humans are born conjoined and
examine the interesting challenges
and difficult choices those twins
and their families face.
It was also important to present a
historical and scientific foundation
upon which to build our story. Why
have conjoined twins been called 'Siamese'
twins? How often are they born? How
many survive? How are they connected
and how does that effect their chances
of separation? And what if separation
is not possible - what are their lives
like? We take on each of these questions
by meeting six sets of conjoined twins
and examining life from their perspective.
For all of us this production was
a labor of love and an incredibly
rewarding experience. Everyone involved
talked about understanding more
about themselves, their prejudices
and their fears. We felt a responsibility
to tell stories accurately and to
not violate the unique connections
we had established. We hope our
message; conjoined twins are not
better or worse than we are, just
different, comes across through
the stories we tell.