I saw Off and Running at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival. The documentary premieres Sept. 7 (tonight) on PBS. I highly recommend it for mixed-race and transracial adoption families. A synopsis is below. Enjoy.
Off and Running tells the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. Just when it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity, with inspiring results. A co-production of ITVS in association with the National Black Programming Consortium and American Documentary/POV and the Diverse Voices Project, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

4 thoughts to “Off And Running

  • Victoria

    I wonder if you heard this last weekend’s episode of This American Life. There was an amazing story of a biracial man raised to believe he had the “olive” Italian skin of his mother’s family. The entire family was in denial that possibly his father wasn’t really his father after all. He does eventually find out the truth and discovers his real dad. If you missed it it’s worth a listen 🙂

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    • Honeysmoke

      Thanks! I will check it out.

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  • diana

    Wow- I saw this- heart wrenching to say the least- many moments brought tears to my eyes– really makes me think about my own children- wonderful but very very sad story– seems like she and her brother really took different paths and I really think it mostly came down to how they felt about themselves and how they allowed other people to perceive them.

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    • Honeysmoke

      @Diana. Yes, I agree. It made me think about my girls and how important it is for them to develop a healthy self-esteem.

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