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Donor Unknown

Alternative title
Sperm Donor Unknown
Synopsis
Documentary about a young American woman who is reunited with her sperm donor father Jeffrey Harrison, who she only knew as Donor 150. JoEllen Marsh grew up in Pennsylvania with two mothers, and had a burning curiosity to learn more about her anonymous donor father. Using an online registry that connects donor-conceived children, she tracked down a half-sister in New York. 12 more half-siblings emerged across the United States after the New York Times picked up the story, a story which was also read by Venice Beach resident Jeffrey Harrison, who supplemented his meagre income in the 1980s by becoming a sperm donor at California Cryobank. What transpires is an exploration of identity, genetic inheritance and the family of the future.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Notes
Broadcast on More4 on 28/6/2011 as SPERM DONOR UNKNOWN
Subjects
Social Studies; Psychology
Keywords
families; identity; in vitro fertilisation; social psychology; sperm donation

Credits

Director
Jerry Rothwell

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
78 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

Brightspark Productions

Phone
01273 202220
Fax
01273 778973
Address
Lace House
39-40 The Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1NH
 

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