Stuck: Michael Moore exposes U.S. policy on orphaned children

New documentary on the broken international adoption system makes film fest and Congressional debut. Photo: Thaddaeus Scheel

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2012 —Stuck, a new documentary that exposes the broken international adoption system, is celebrating two prestigious milestones next week: a screening for members of Congress and competition in its first film festival.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), serving as honorary host, will welcome members of Congress and others in Washington to a preview of Stuck on July 31 at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center Theater.  Adoptive families who appear in the film will also be in attendance.

The film, which is narrated by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU was shot in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Haiti, as well in as the halls of power in Washington, DC.  It reveals how millions of children are stranded in orphanages thanks to a system that has gone into virtual paralysis in recent years with international adoptions to the United States plummeting 60% since 2004.

In addition to the Congressional screening on Tuesday, Stuck has also been selected to participate in the Traverse City Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in America.  The largest film festival in the Midwest, it was founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.

This film fest is a film-lovers dream.  There’s a $10 entrance free, but this is not one of those festivals that nickel and dime attendees.  The festival presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space Park at dusk and also offers free panel discussions with directors, writers and actors.

Some of the best-regarded films in the past few years have emerged from this film fest, including  “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” – the story of Kevin Clash, who plays Elmo.

Stuck will screen at the Traverse City Film Festival on Friday, August 3.  It’s also been selected to compete in the best documentary category and for the also the highly selective Founders Award.

Stuck is expected to open nationwide in November.


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