Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

Virtual Screening: Absolutely No Spitting


Tuesday, March 9, 2021
11 am – 12 pm
Live Virtual Q&A

Absolutely No Spitting (2020)
Film run time: 10 minutes
Live Virtual Q&A Thursday, March 9, 11 am EST. Film will not be shown during Q&A event; advance viewing is recommended.

The documentarian Judith Helfand adopted a daughter at the age of 50, becoming, in her own words, a “new old” mom. In this touching and vibrant short documentary, Helfand asks Theo, her bright four-year-old daughter, to spit—just this once!—into a saliva collection tube for the DNA tracing company, 23andMe. According to the test results, Helfand is 99.9% Ashkenazi Jewish. Her daughter is from a “rainbow” of countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mother and daughter embark on a quest to explore their shared and divergent heritage while Helfand reflects on love, community, family, religion, and race.

 Live virtual Q&A with Judith Helfand, director on March 9 at 11AM EST. This program will feature captioning. 

Free with advance registration. Film available for streaming immediately upon registration

Register via the online form or email

Absolutely No Spitting, directed by Judith Helfand, 2019