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Our Father

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Doctor faces sexual misconduct charges; violence, language.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
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Director Lucie Jourdan shares a startling and prolific portrait of a horrific chapter in the history of women's healthcare. "Growing up, I felt different," recalls Jacoba Ballard in Our Father. "I'm this blonde-haired, blue-eyed person in a family with dark hair, olive skin, and dark eyes. So I kept asking my mom if I was adopted…you can tell me. It will be OK." The child's mom, Debbie Pierce, reveals the truth and Ballard admits that "I've known since the age of 10 that I was from a donor sperm." Adds Pierce, "She's my everything. I love that child more than life itself."

This child, however, would later find out as an adult a shocking revelation about her relatives. At 35, Ballard takes a DNA test "because I figured that I had one or two siblings," but eventually discovers that there are nearly 100 half-siblings and counting. Several of the siblings don't understand why this could have happened and even develop a conspiracy theory about Cline, alleging that the doctor may have been a member of a cult aiming to have as many White children as possible born so that the race doesn't disappear. Our Father is a worthy and riveting watch about an episode in the field of medicine that is sadly an all-too-real one.

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