The Miracle of Life

      Child Development Film Review: The Miracle of Life (1983)
      The film entitled “The Miracle of Life” is a NOVA based documentary that offers a revolution in understanding the process of child development. Advanced medical technologies are used in microscopic and endoscopic illustrations to grasp the critical details, whereas vivid narrations offer explanations for the most complex components and processes of development. The film begins by describing the cell as the basic unit of life having existed from the earliest origin of life to the present. The human body cell division is described where the resulting daughter cells have a similar structure and information as the parent cell. Subsequently, the DNA within the cell nucleus is shown through chromosomes that directly participate in the process of cell division.
      The journey of life is depicted through the process of human conception, development and birth. The film shows the ovulation process where a mature egg is shed from the ovary containing numerous eggs; which is propelled by blood-engorged fimbriae to the fallopian tube. Consequently, the diagram showing the female reproductive system helps to describe the process of fertilization, after which the muscular contraction and cilia propels the fertilized egg from fallopian tube into the uterus. It also reveals the importance of female sex hormones in regulating the woman’s reproductive cycle during the process of ovulation. In addition, the film switches to male reproductive system through diagram illustrations of vital organs. The process through which the sperms are formed in the testicles, the role of prostate gland in producing seminal fluid, and the combination of seminal fluid with sperm, as well as the later ejaculation is also depicted. The structure of testicles in the scrotum is illustrated comprising of numerous tiny seminiferous tubules and blood vessels that functions as the site of...