Everyone has seen the faces of the children. Few know the story from inside the families and communities that embrace them. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 11, 2012.
About this project
Home - The Journey Through International Adoption
The tragedy of orphans in third world countries has received significant publicity for a long time. Organizations like Compassion International, World Vision and others have made a difference through sponsorships. Adoption agencies abound. Yet, not nearly enough of us have mobilized to action. We have all seen the deplorable conditions on our TV screens. Most of us just change the channel...
Why do we fail to act?
The costs are significant, some would say prohibitive. The time and process can generate frustration beyond expectation. This can stop most people from considering the possibility, but other issues lurk beneath the surface.
Young couples of ordinary means and capable of bearing children that choose to adopt internationally encounter unexpected obstacles. Some in the communities around them, and often their immediate families, question their decision in ways that expose hidden, "polite" prejudice endemic to our culture.
Home will tell the story families that have been through the process and families who are currently going through it. We will examine their motivation for initiating and persevering through this counter cultural decision. We will follow several families waiting for news in order to document the first meeting between a child and his or her new parents and the journey home (likely in Uganda, Ethiopia or Honduras). We will look at life on the other side of taking another human being into a family with all its joys and tensions. We will also film in Kigali, Rwanda (July 2012) as an example of where some of these children come from.
Your support will help expose issues of adoption that few in our culture currently understand.
As of April 11 (kick off date for fund raising) we have a production team forming and making plans. They bring graphic design, theater, lighting, photography skills and a lot of enthusiasm. We have begun contacting families involved in adoption for help in raising awareness about the project and as potential subjects for the film. We have met with a local film editor for advice on workflow and story telling. We've had an initial meeting reviewing other documentaries to determine our approach to this story.
We have an opportunity to film background information in Rwanda in early July. We are working with an organization in Rwanda to assist us with determining where we can film and who we can involve. We will also prepare to travel to any number of countries depending on which families get news that they will receive a child during the production phase.
At this time, we have not decided. We'd love to make South by Southwest in Austin, or Sundance. We know that might be reaching, but we'll keep our eye on them as we also look for other, smaller festivals that might be a good fit for the project when it's complete.
The short answer is no. I (Steve B) work full time for a 501C organization and they are providing indirect support (equipment and time). However, we have chosen not to run the funds through the 501C books.
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