The life-affirming documentary Far From the Tree explores the difficulties and rewards of raising and being a child whose experience is vastly different from that of his or her parents. Directed and produced by Emmy-winning filmmaker Rachel Dretzin, it follows families coping with the challenges presented by Down syndrome, dwarfism, autism, and having a child in prison. Their profound, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful stories are related with extraordinary candor and transparency; this is a film rooted in the myriad forms of intimacy. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning non-fiction book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, the film provides lessons in love that far outstrip its immediate subjects, but also makes us unafraid of differences by which we might otherwise have been very much intimidated. It is a film that restores dignity to people whose rights are under siege, a rare window into the lives of others. Music by Yo La Tengo and Nico Muhly.
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