2013, 15 min, stereo, HD

Language: Danish
Subtitles: English

In their artistic practice Nils Agdler and Timo Menke both share a common interest for contemporary social phenomena, storytelling and history. Based on a previous collaboration on electricity and electrical hypersensitivity (Fugitives from the Fields), they have developed a project dealing with anonymous sperm donors. A donation is often regarded as a selfless good deed and is expected to be voluntary, free and anonymous, although it may raise sensitive ethical questions. The short film “Made in Denmark” is a cinematic study focusing on the commercially organized distribution of sperm in Denmark, from the anonymous donor's perspective and point-of-view. Danish legislation (unlike most European countries) allows for anonymous sperm donations, leading to an increasing fertility tourism. Sperm Banks operate in a complex gray area on several levels, marketing human sperm as a processed product. Special focus was given to issues related to masculinity and fatherhood, and how masculinity is manifested at the clinics.
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Some of the questions raised in interviews conducted with anonymous donors: What motivates you to become a donor? How do you relate to the children you will never meet? How would you react if one of "your" children would succeed in finding out that you are his/her biological father? How do you reflect on a future scenario, where more men choose to donate and more women select anonymous fathers to their children?
In conjunction with an exhibition of the work they propose possible seminars / lectures on related issues, e.g. sperm donation as a business concept. As engineered genetic genome becomes available easier, cheaper and safer, what kind of future scenarios are there for man and mankind in a post-human evolution?

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