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Sperm Donor India: Vicky Donor a new Bollywood sperm donation film is now showing across the UK.
Talking about sex is still a cultural taboo in conservative India, but a Bollywood filmmaker is hoping to usher in change with a light-hearted take on infertility and sperm donation. 'Vicky Donor', a romantic comedy about a sought-after sperm donor at a fertility clinic, is part of a wave of recent films tackling subjects rarely addressed in Indian cinema - gay relationships, biopics on sex symbols and now sperm donation.
Twenty-year-old JoEllen Marsh was desperate to find her real father - a sperm donor. Little did she know when she set out on her quest that she'd also find 14 siblings fathered by Donor 150.
This extraordinary story has been made into new documentary Donor Unknown: Adventures in the Sperm Trade, and JoEllen is tells her story today about her fascinating discovery.
View the clip on 'This Morning' at www.thismorning.itv.com
Donor Unknown... a film about identity, genetic inheritance and the family of the future
JoEllen Marsh's life began 22 years ago in a pornography-lined, "collection" cubicle at the Los Angeles headquarters of California Cryobank, a private semen cryopreservation organisation. From there, the sample produced by her biological father, donor 150, was sent to Pennsylvania, where nine months later JoEllen was born to her biological mother, Lucinda Marsh.
Fringe Film Festival
The Fringe film festival have programmed a special afternoon of films exploring families and identity on Sunday 10th April. Included in this is a special screening of a new documentary on donor families and post screening discussion.
Showing at 15:30 on 10th April is documentary called 'Donor Unknown', a warm, moving and surprising film about donor families. It tells the story of a network of half siblings, all conceived through the same sperm donor and their desire to meet each other and meet him.