To cut or not to cut—is that a question you are facing as a parent of a baby boy?
If so, you might be interested in checking out a rather cutting documentary that addresses a testy issue.
Filmmaker Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon is taking Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision—and its wince-inducing title—on a two-month screening tour across North America.
Ungar-Sargon, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household, was so troubled by ritual infant circumcision (which reflected his struggles with Jewish tradition) that he made a film about it. His documentary takes a look at religious, scientific, and ethical views of the procedure and the controversies about it.
The Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (with founder Glen Callender) and the WHOLE Network, a grassroots non-profit organization that provides circumcision information, will present a screening of the film in Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) on October 24 at 8:15 p.m. Sharp. (Ouch.) Admission is by donation.
Ungar-Sargon will be joined by Dr. Paul Tinari (who received a government-funded foreskin restoration) and other possible speakers for a post-screening discussion.
(Wonder how many viewers will be sitting with their legs crossed?)
Here's a trailer of the film.
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