Frequently Asked Questions
- Is your film for or against circumcision?
- Do you have a personal opinion on this issue?
- Is your film independent?
- How was your film funded?
- Why did you choose to fund the film that way?
- Do you show a circumcision in the film?
- Will you release an edit that does not show the procedure?
- Is the film done?
- When can I see the film?
- What is circumcision?
- Where is circumcision practiced?
- Isn’t circumcision ‘normal?’
- What is the circumcision rate in the United States?
- Is circumcision medically necessary?
- What is Intactivism?
- Are you Intactivists?
- Why cover Intactivism?
- Who are the Intactivists?
- Is Intactivism a left-wing or right-wing thing?
- Isn’t circumcision just a Jewish thing?
- How does your film handle Jewish circumcision?
- Are there Jews against circumcision?
- What about anti-semitism?
- Did any Jewish people work on this film?
- Do you cover FGM or female genital cutting in the film?
Neither. We present multiple perspectives on both sides of the issue and allow the audience to come to their own conclusions.
Although researching this issue for several years has given us our own perspective, we believe our role is to create dialogue, not be an ideologue. Doing that means representing all of our interview subjects fairly and accurately, even those we disagree with.
Yes. Our film is 100% independent. We have had people on both sides of the circumcision debate demand we edit our film according to their agenda and have refused in each case, because we wish to maintain our artistic integrity. Our film is not associated with any other organization, movement, or side of the circumcision debate.
We shot the film with our own money, and funded post-production through Kickstarter.
By self-funding and crowdfunding, we were able to keep the film entirely independent and ensure no outside group had control over our edit. We also felt that this issue was so important that we were willing to contribute our own time and money to making the project.
Yes, twice, but each scene is short, and we put a warning onscreen before showing the procedure.
Although we believe it is important to see the procedure if you’re going to have an informed perspective on circumcision, we are considering releasing an alternate censored edit of the film for viewers who feel the procedure is too graphic for them to handle.
Yes. However, we are still planning our release and beginning our festival run, so it’s not out yet.
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Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the foremost part of the male penis. In America, it is typically practiced on infant males within the first few days of life.
America is the only industrialized country that routinely practices non-religious infant circumcision. Circumcision is practiced as a religious custom in Jewish and Islamic countries, and a tribal custom in some African countries, but the rest of the world does not routinely circumcise their newborn infant males.
Non-religious infant circumcision is only routinely practiced in the United States. Most of the world does not practice circumcision, and many foreigners are shocked when they learn that Americans circumcise their children, because circumcision is considered abnormal by most of the world.
The circumcision rate in America used to be above 90% and has fallen to below 50%. Some estimates even put it as low as 30%. The majority of boys born in America today are not circumcised. This is due in part to the efforts of the Intactivist movement.
No. Even the pro-circumcision doctors we interviewed acknowledge circumcision is not medically necessary. The majority of men in the world go their whole life without circumcision.
Intactivism is a social movement of people who believe that all human beings have the right to their own bodies and that to cut off part of a person’s body without their consent is a violation of human rights. Intactivists oppose forced female genital cutting, genital surgeries on the intersex, and infant male circumcision.
No. Although our film covers the Intactivist movement, we are not members ourselves.
Intactivists are now at the center of the circumcision debate. Even a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision told us that Intactivists are now the most interesting topic for discussion in this controversy. It would be impossible to do a balanced or complete film about circumcision that did not cover them.
Intactivism is an incredibly diverse movement that brings together people from every background and social group. It includes many professionals, such as doctors, birth professionals, academics, and educators. It even brings together groups which normally do not get along on other issues, like feminists and men’s rights activists, or atheists and the deeply religious. The only requirement for Intactivism is that you support human rights for all children.
Neither. Intactivists want human rights for all children, regardless of their parents political beliefs. In making this film, we have met Intactivists on both sides of nearly every modern issue. No matter what your political beliefs are, everyone cares about their children.
The largest circumcising group in the world is Muslims. The second largest is Americans. The third largest is Jews. While many Jews do practice circumcision, the vast majority of circumcision in America is non-religious circumcision carried out by non-Jewish people, with no ritual or religious significance.
A quarter of our interview subjects are Jewish, as are many of the people who worked on our film behind the camera. Although the focus of our film is non-religious medicalized circumcision in the United States, we interview many Jewish voices both for and against circumcision.
Yes. There is a growing Jewish movement against circumcision, and many Jewish families are choosing to do a Jewish naming ceremony that does not involve genital cutting, sometimes called Brit Shalom.
We strongly oppose anti-semitism, and bigotry in any form. A significant portion of our cast and crew are Jewish. We made this film because we support human rights for all people, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or background. If you are human, you deserve human rights. Period.
Yes. Nearly a quarter of our interview subjects are Jewish, as are several of the people who worked on this film behind the camera and supported it through crowdfunding. We also had several Jewish people in our early private test screenings whose feedback was immensely helpful and whose response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive.
Yes, we interviewed more than one woman who has experienced female genital cutting. We ask them about their personal story, activism, and whether or not they think male circumcision is comparable to female genital cutting. (Their answers may surprise you, but you’ll have to watch the film to hear what they have to say.)