I hope that everyone who wanted to see Donor Unknown had the chance to do so. I found it to be really interesting and well done.
While watching it I kept trying to imagine my son as part of the journey these kids were on. I hung on their every word and expression looking for clues as to how he might feel in the future. When they talked about their parents and how they were told about being donor conceived I focused even harder looking for tips on how to have those very same conversations in my family. Tips for how to make sure my son would be ok with how he came to be.
I found it to be very reassuring to see that the kids were finding lots of comfort in getting to know other donor siblings. It reinforced my thinking that reaching out and making contact with other families that used the same donor can only be a good thing for Mr. O.
I loved the contrast of Jeffery talking about how he viewed his donations as calling out to souls with the tour of the donation rooms and how they got exceedingly graphic. It was nice to see that it wasn't just about the money for him and that he gave some thought to fact that life would be created from his samples.
I thought it was really clever how they showed the photo of Jeffery slowly loading on to the screen as the girl talked about how she recognized each feature as it came into view. It was a great metaphor for her journey of discovery. Each new clue or connection to the other half of her genetic identity was uncovered at the speed of an ancient dial up connection. The parents make their donor decision and then move on but these kids are searching and every little crumb of information is so valuable to them. The simplest details on a donor profile, recognizing their eyebrows on a half sibling or a photo of the donor.
What did you think?
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