The Seed of Carbaat had its television premiere yesterday. Miriam Guttmann’s three-part documentary tells the story of the late doctor Jan Karbaat. He inseminated dozens of unsuspecting mothers with his own sperm. Viewers responded with disgust on Twitter, but there were also compliments for the young documentary maker.
The case first came to light in 2011. Karbaat is said to have told a donor child that he used his own sperm to inseminate women, but later refused to cooperate with a DNA test. It is now known that he is the biological father of at least 82 children, including 71 donor children.
Documentary The Seed Of Carbat
The documentary The seed of Karbaat tells the insane story of the doctor on the basis of those involved and biological children. How could this happen? And what has it done to the mothers and descendants? Watch the trailer.
The three-part documentary, based on the story of Karbaat, also delves deeper into the nature-nurture debate. The desire for immortality and the moral issues surrounding anonymous donorship are central to this.
Praise and criticism on Twitter, but viewers mostly shocked
Criticism of the documentary lies mainly in unnecessary tension, based on sound effects and reliving. The visual language would also be a bit over-the-top. But there are mainly compliments for the young documentary maker Miriam Guttmann. “Astonishingly beautiful portrayed”, a viewer responds on Twitter. Criticism or not, what each The Seed of Carbaatviewer will recognize are the chills. “Sickening. Intense scary guy. ” A compilation of the stream of reactions.
– Marc van Delft (@marcvandelftgro) March 1, 2021
Of course also #seedofKarbaat looked from @Miriam_Guttmann. Nicely made, yes astonishing too. When I wrote ‘Unlimited fertile’ I read a lot about early years #ivf, #donorseed: unexplored territory in the 1980s. Also in the US and Belgium this kind of ‘seed cowboys’ …
– Larissa Pans (@LarissaPans) March 2, 2021
Interesting documentary #seedvankarbaat but excessive use of suspense. Totally unnecessary with this serious content and even disturbing. #music #sound effects #chicken egg Do not understand choice for re-experience either. Conscious #tearjerkers ? @vpro
– Jos Waltmans (@jos_waltmans) March 1, 2021
Docu. from #seedvankarbaat bothers me. Suddenly many memories of all the gynecologists who sat with me. And medical examinations. Felt miserable seeing that little room. The diagnosis and the number of hospital visits emerged.
Feel sorry for the affected mothers
– Marjanne (@ marjanne56) March 1, 2021
Watched the three parts of documentary Zaad van Karbaat in succession and what the f ..? #SeedofCarbate
– Tara Riem (@TaraR_) March 1, 2021
This woman is a crazy talented director @Miriam_Guttmann from the #seedvankarbaat‘? Insanely good documentary series. Look #DocTalks for my interview with Miriam at https://t.co/bEiZQ6Cqdw pic.twitter.com/kFUnUeD5zl
– Nadia Moussaid (@NadiaMoussaid) March 1, 2021
“THE SEED OF PSYCHOPAT CARBATE” you mean ?! Gadver, as if I’m watching a thriller. I get nauseous / anxious / sad and most of all furious! It really affects me! Bah!
But how beautifully this is portrayed! Chapeau for the makers ? #TheSeedOfCarbate #seedofKarbaat pic.twitter.com/S9tqs9adki
– SannyZoet? (@ZoetSanny) March 1, 2021
That imagery works a little bit on the laughing muscles (chickens, eggs, coffee cups, that under-drenched globe) #seedvankarbaat
– Dorien Vrieling (@dorienvrieling) March 1, 2021
– Susanne (@suusonline) March 1, 2021
Looking at #seedofKarbaat with the chills running down my spine. What a terribly scary man ??
– Karin (@ Karins1968) March 1, 2021
Full of disbelief. Nauseating. Intense scary guy … #seedofKarbaat
– Sylvia (@ Syllie81) March 1, 2021
I am amazed watching the documentary series #seedofKarbaat How the heck is this possible?
– SpinDrs (@SpinDoctorandus) March 1, 2021
The first part of The Seed of Carbaat can be seen here. Also interesting: the interview at Jinek, with the documentary maker and a few biological children of the doctor.
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