Sensitive and deeply complex, Sacred Sperm explores one of the most suppressed and hidden issues of the Orthodox Jewish Community: the sin of ‘wasting sperm’. Opening a rare window onto the taboos of sex and masturbation, director Ori Gruder sets out to understand the prohibition of male self-pleasure. Is it possible to honour this Mitzvah (commandment) in today’s society? Gruder, himself an Orthodox Jew, takes us on a personal journey of moral and parental duty as he struggles to clarify the sacred covenant to his young son.

Daily Mail article “An intimate, informative and at times awkward look at the insular religious community and its approach to sexuality.

The Guardian article “The most important issue of the film and human beings: how we cope with something that does not go according to the laws we were taught.”

The Jewish Chronicle article “A rarity — a film made about a normally-taboo subject in the community, by a member of the community and with the blessing of a rabbi.”

Variety article “An 80-minute docu that became a sensation in Israel.”


Nominated: Best Short Documentary – Ophir Awards

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