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By Andrea Delbanco
Editor In Chief, TIME for Kids

True-crime dramatizations and documentaries are having a moment, and I admit to being a sucker for sagas that are “based on a true story.” This week, Netflix released a documentary called Our Father, about a fertility doctor who used his own sperm to impregnate patients without their knowledge in the 1970s and ’80s.

According to Lindsay Lee Wallace, who wrote about it for TIME,Our Father is particularly resonant given the questions it raises about how our legal system views those seeking control over their own reproductive choices, and restitution when that autonomy is violated.” The film features interviews with eight of the 94 known siblings and their families, and looks at the criminal proceedings, which ultimately did not yield much justice.

I’m not a fan of horror movies, and frankly, this film fits into an even scarier genre. It’s terrifying to imagine what these families went through, more so with the knowledge that the doctor wasn’t properly punished. But I don’t want to look away from their pain, and I plan to watch it this weekend. If you do, too, let’s compare notes. Write to me about it—or about anything—at andrea@time.com.

Best,
Andrea

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