Medical anthropologist and filmmaker Diane Tober, Ph.D, has set out upon the ambitious task of creating a documentary film that explores the two-sided world of egg donation. Her film, The Perfect Donor, will reveal just how complicated the egg donation market is, and why sometimes the risks end up outweighing the benefits.
The film follows seven egg donors through their physically and emotionally exhausting journeys, and while some leave feeling satisfied about their attempts to help strangers in need start a family, others experience health complications that come at a greater cost.
The film also includes interviews with professionals from all over the spectrum of the donation network, including agency recruiters, genetic counselors, and even psychological counselors.
While egg donation has certainly provided the opportunity to create a family for millions of couples who cannot conceive (including same-sex couples, women with fertility issues, or women with genetic issues), it has also been proven to cause both short- and long-term side effects for those who donate.
While the film is still in the production phase, the trailer as well as an in depth interview with Tober about her vision for the film can be viewed at the Women’s News Network website.
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