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Sacred Sperm (2014)

According to Jewish tradition, there is no forgiveness or atonement for the grave sin of 'wasting sperm'. Yet is it possible to fulfill this commandment in today's reality? This sensitive documentary takes us to a personal, complexed and first on a kind journey.


Ori Gruder


Gruder Ori, Oded Farber (co-writer) | 1 more credit »


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The film creates a daring first exposure on the way parents, rabbis, teachers, pedagogues and therapists within the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish Community educating their male children from infancy to adolescence, to avoid spilling their sperm. They target them to keep their seed only after marriage with a female for the purpose of fertilization. "Sacred Sperm" penetrates into one of the most suppressed hidden issues in the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish Community - a Taboo. Throughout the film we follow the emotional and theological struggle of the director who is trying to find a proper way as a father to explain his teenager son logically why he should keep this major Mitzvah (commandment) which perceived by many as unreasonable and seems impossible to fulfill. Written by Gruder, Ori

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A first-ever in-depth journey into one of the biggest taboos in Judaism. See more »


Documentary | Drama







Release Date:

2 February 2015 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Buzz Television See more »
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Technical Specs


(original) | (Theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (HD)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Courageous, deep and respectful doc about a sensitive subject
26 December 2017 | by sfornari-63495See all my reviews

Sacred sperm it is a great job: very deep, rich in experiences, but at the same time respectful A courageous documentary; a deep sight into a sensitive subject. Through different voices and experiences, the author deepens the practical and spiritual dimension of one of most sensitive issues in moral law - a theme it is not easy to approach, even in other societies. A wise and smart creation that overcome the risk of heavy or moralistic explanations, rather, a new language to offer the meaning of religious ethical behaviors, involving one of most intimate dimensions of person.

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