Documentary on adoption system comes to Washington

Senator Mary Landrieu will host the premier of documentary STUCK on May 16 Photo: Thadeus Scheel

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 — After touring more than 60 cities, STUCK, a powerful documentary about the crisis in international adoption, will come to Washington on Thursday, May 16.

After the film the audience will have a chance to meet Senator Mary Landrieu, a champion for international adoption reform, along with the film’s executive producer Craig Juntunen and director Thaddaeus Scheel.  Additionally, Senator Landrieu will be taking questions from the audience about the state of adoption, particularly as it related to the United States government and legislation.

STUCK has been part of an 80-day nation-wide movie tour that’s focused on raising awareness of the worldwide orphan crisis and declining trend line in international adoptions.

STUCK follows the stories of individual children from different countries, including Haiti and Vietnam, who were trapped in a broken system, stranded in orphanages, despite the fact that they had been matched with families in America.  The documentary follows the difficult path parents and children go through to come together as families.  It also offers an unflinching look at the reality for other children, who in this broken system are left behind.

The film documents how governments around the world, including the U.S. government, have stood in the way of facilitating international adoption.  It also reveals how even those with good intentions, powerful people working to make the adoption process more transparent, have shown a lack of urgency that has led to children being condemned to live in orphanages rather than with families.

Most Americans are unaware that international adoptions have been on a steep decline.  The past decade has been fraught with bureaucratic entanglements that have led to the closure of most international adoption programs.   

The film, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, has become a catalyst for conversation.  At each screening venue, a different set of participants — from the filmmakers to parents profiled in the film — engaged the audience in discussions about adoption.

STUCK’s public premier in Washington will be Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at AMC Georgetown.

A preview of the film can be seen here.

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