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"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" is a creepy story that is only getting creepier - Walla! Culture

2022-05-16T06:08:27.607Z

A woman who did a DNA test to find out who her half-brother was, found quite a few. To her amazement, the common father was none other than the abusive doctor, and the story only gets creepy. Movie review



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"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" is a creepy story that is only getting creepier

A woman who did a DNA test to find out who her half-brother was, found quite a few.

To her amazement, the common father was none other than the infringing doctor, and the story only gets creepy as more details are revealed.

This is what happens in the docu-movie "Our Father", which although suffers from the usual problems of Netflix, but overall well done

David Rosenthal

16/05/2022

Monday, 16 May 2022, 08:51 Updated: 08:57

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Trailer for the documentary "Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" (Netflix)

"The Global Village," Marshall McLaughlin's vision, has over the years turned from a village into a residential neighborhood.

In the age of social media, the bridge to someone who knows the President of the United States personally, to a person who was Queen Elizabeth's personal assistant or to a shoe seller in Hong Kong, will be built through a very limited, single-digit chain of Facebook contacts.

These people are no longer distant figures.

Usually an anonymous who is a friend of someone who is a friend of my friend will know which of them.



For those living in and around Indianapolis, this connection is becoming a reality, and it is difficult and morbid far beyond what is conceivable.

In this world, shown in "Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children," a recent documentary on Netflix, there is no need to connect to networks. You may find that these are no less than your half-brothers.

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"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" (Photo: Netflix)

"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" is a 96-minute docu, centered on Dr. Donald Klein, a fertility treatment specialist from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he was considered one of the leading gynecologists in the Midwest.

Hundreds of women underwent treatments with him due to their partner's low sperm count.

Many have given birth to a baby that has been fertilized with normal, anonymous semen.

At least that's what they thought, at least their descendants thought so.



That all changed when Jacoba Ballard, a woman in her 40s, did a DNA test.

Ballard's parents revealed to her at the age of 10 that she was born as a result of a sperm donation.

Knowing that others may have been violated from the seed of the same donor, she sought to find out who her half-brother was.

She found quite a few of these.

To her amazement, the common father was none other than Dr. Donald Klein. And the story only gets creepy as more details are revealed.

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A monstrous story.

"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" (Photo: Netflix)

The moral aspect is not in doubt.

Let's make you order in blatant language, as also presented in the film itself by a number of interviewees: a woman comes for fertility treatment.

Her doctor goes to the next room, masturbates, comes back with a full syringe and injects her with his own semen instead of that of the anonymous donor.

Beyond the inconceivable idea per se, there are a few more issues.

First, sperm donors are committed to a clean medical record with no background illnesses.

He has some, which causes hereditary problems and produces an ongoing offense on a monstrous scale.

In addition, the possibility that any of these people (remember, a not very large community) will meet, fall in love and / or marry his half-brother has increased, which probably provokes a permeation among each and every one of the siblings.



But while moral sin is not in doubt, "Our Father" presents a not-so-simple legal issue.

What begins with the usual claim of "we approached the legal authorities in the country and were not treated" becomes a tangled difficulty.

If you are complaining about the Israeli legal system, know that the American one is not without its problems either.

And the main trouble: Dr. Klein is not really alone. In April 2019, just a few weeks after the story exploded, it was reported that a Dutch doctor named Jan Karbat also replaced the sperm of donors with his own and gave birth to at least 49 children. A year later it was revealed that not far away From Indianapolis, Michigan, worked a doctor named Dr. Philip Peven, who allegedly had hundreds of women undergo a similar practice.

Pro and con in the most distorted version.

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"Our Father: Dr. Klein's Secret Children" (Photo: Netflix)

"Our Father" is not without its problems.

Like almost any Netflix documentary, it sometimes has unnecessary or monologues that could have been shortened.

But overall it is well made, slowly peeling back the layers around the creepy story and attacking all angles - moral, legal, human and religious - to paint a depressing picture in which it turns out, again, that in our world simply no one can be trusted.

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