The Dark Room

Episode #90 - American Circumcision: Brendon Marotta

September 25, 2017

For many, hearing “circumcision” is enough to feel uncomfortable. It evokes not only physical pain but causes self-consciousness about what, quite literally, hardly sees the light of day. Paul and Jordan talk to documentarian Brendon Marotta about what led him to create his new and original documentary film, American Circumcision, and the controversy that still remains around male circumcision in the United States and abroad. Historically a common practice, though waning in frequency today, male circumcision has received minimal attention from documentary filmmakers. Brendon reveals why, especially given the health and psychological risks of the practice, breaking that trend is necessary and the ethical, cultural, and medical value a larger discussion about it will have for both present and future generations. Learn more about Brendon and his film here.

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