The many faces of diversity - The European Collection
Uma and us 2/3
In the second of her three films documenting family life with her daughter Uma, who has a rare genetic disorder, journalist Tabea Hosche and her husband Laslo consider whether they want to add a third child to their family, to join Uma and her younger sister Ebba, who was born healthy.
Uma is mentally impaired, hard of hearing, and has epilepsy and a severe speech development disorder. But now she is a schoolgirl, and has a loving, if challenging, relationship with Ebba, who is three years younger.
Laslo and Tabea think the time could be right to expand their family, but they are scared of going through what they have been through with Uma again. How would they deal with any signs of abnormalities in the womb? Can pre-natal diagnostics help them or does it lead to questions they can't answer? Where do they find the courage to go forward without any guarantees?
Laslo wants to exhaust all possibilities and gather as much medical information as possible, while Tabea would prefer not to know anything about the child's development in the womb, so as not to be faced with a decision.
This programme by German channel ARD is part of The European Collection, a joint initiative of European public media (ARD, ARTE, France Télévisions, SSR SRG and ZDF), coordinated by ARTE.