Our opinion on the father – But why? A community of geeks

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Blumhouse has brought documentaries to Netflix that shine a light on the horror of everyday life, especially in spaces where you should feel safe. The last is Our father, a feature-length documentary that features acted-out dramatizations as well as interviews, phone calls and recordings of court proceedings with real victims. Another true detective film from Blumhouse, Our father, is led by and recounts the disturbing discovery that a fertility doctor had his own best interests at heart, not those of his patients.

The film begins with Jacoba Ballard, an only child conceived through donor sperm who has always dreamed of having a sibling. When she takes a DNA test at home, she realizes that she doesn’t just have one sibling but seven. As she digs, she realizes that these half-siblings are also, well, half-sisters. -siblings, each conceived through donor sperm. While finding out you have a family can be a big deal, this number challenged best practices in fertility medicine that limited the number of times donor sperm could be used in a city to ensure that people would not unknowingly start relationships with direct relatives.

Taking matters into their own hands, the group of siblings set out to learn more about their curious family tree to uncover the sickening truth: Their parents’ fertility doctor had inseminated his patients with his sperm – without their knowledge or knowledge. without the consent of the mothers. . But that’s just the tip of the sickening iceberg. Our father chronicles the journey Ballard and his new siblings go through in unraveling and confronting Dr. Donald Cline for his violent practice.

Our father is a frustrating experience. Not because of the documentary itself, but rather because of the subject. Although the documentary is straightforward, learning the details of Cline’s lies and violations is a journey that shows women, regardless of health care, are treated like objects. The depth of his evil rests in nothing but narcissism and religion, and the documentary doesn’t shy away from showing how Cline used his interpretation of scripture to justify the violation of women in his office.

The most surprising in Our father are not the double-digit kids, but the lengths victims had to go through to get justice. In reality, Our father shows how easy it was for Cline to get away with raping these women because there were no laws in place. Not only did the victims have to push for a rape charge to be pursued by the state, but they had to be dropped when it was revealed that the only trial Cline would face was for technicalities and not for the crime in question.

While the documentary presents the story, the way it constructs the narrative using dramatizations feels like a failure. Often these moments distract from the main goal due to thinness. That said, the captions at the end of the film underscore the reality that it could happen again. Specifically, the confidence that a fertilization specialist isn’t using their own sperm is basically based on an honor system, best practice, and something that someone could still get away with, thanks to the absence of legislation.

Globally, Our father is unnerving, highlighting a further erosion of bodily autonomy. Watching the film as a woman and in the current political climate that has eroded my right to abortion, the fact that even women seeking to have children are treated like objects and no repercussions result is another sobering reminder of our standing in the eyes of the law.

Our father is available now, exclusively on Netflix.

Our father

7.5/10

TL; DR

Globally, Our father is unnerving, highlighting a further erosion of bodily autonomy. Watching the film as a woman and in the current political climate that has eroded my right to abortion, the fact that even women seeking to have children are treated like objects and no repercussions result is another sobering reminder of our standing in the eyes of the law.

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