A very very very important documentary
Tracy Allard from Montreal
13 January 2016
I'm compelled to write this review only because no one else has. I saw
this a while back, so it is not fresh in my mind.
In the years since this documentary, there have been two fictional
films on the topic: Quebec's "Starbuck (2011)" and USA's remake of
Starbuck "Delivery Man (2013)".
We live in a society who's principal religion, beyond the church stuff
and faith based philosophies, is growth. Economic growth, technological
growth, production growth, and the population growth which permits all
This human obsession with growth is what prevents society from
questioning the value and ethics of the assisted reproduction industry.
We see what we want to see, we make excuses such as "biology doesn't
matter, only love does", or "adoption takes so long", or "fostering is
too difficult", or "I just MUST see my genes passed on". None of these
stand up to criticism.
This documentary is about one human's hunt for answers. It reflects on
the challenges faced by children manufactured this way. It questions
the notion that biology does not matter, it questions the risks of
siblings meeting and mating, it questions the ethics of the business
that provide these services.
This documentary could have been a start to a great ethical discussion
in society, but society is not ready to question this. Meanwhile, we're
stuck in this path, that too few are questioning. Some countries have
banned anonymous donation of gametes, but even without anonymity, there
are so many ethical problems with this industry.
It's not an exciting documentary, but it is highly worth watching.
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