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A film by Rachel Dretzin

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FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love,empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.”

 

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"The documentary encourages us to embrace people for who they really are...it argues that diversity is actually what makes us all human." - Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Advocate

"‘Far From The Tree’ is the most life-affirming and integral documentary of 2018." - Gregory Wakeman, Metro

"Ultimately, though, Far From the Tree is a film about unconventional people living stable “normal” lives – individuals no more “exceptional” than today’s happy homosexual. They are heroic not in “overcoming” what society deems “obstacles,” but in refusing to let that same judgmental society stand in the way of being who they are – a lesson human beings of every stripe would do well to learn. Our historically unchallenged attempt to “normalize” those we deem mentally or physically “unfit” is, in the end, really society’s failure, and not the problem of those we’re stigmatizing. It is nothing less than a pathology of society itself." - Lauren Wissot, Global Comment

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