April 7, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; Topic: “What types of post adoption services are needed?”
Drawing from her years of work in adoption, JaeRan, aka, Harlow’s Monkey, will share her thoughts about the current needs of adoptees, kids in foster care, and adoptive families and what types of post adoption services could be put into place to address the needs.
Ridiculously Overtly Dramatically Misleading Film Stuck
April 24th, 7:00 pm, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Filmmakers Attending
Stuck is an award-winning documentary film that uncovers the real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller coaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak. Through the lens of personal, real-life stories the film asks how the global community can take care of these children, safeguarding them from the very real dangers of child trafficking and corruption while also answering their need to move from institutions into loving homes and a normal life. (D: Thaddaeus Scheel, USA, 2013, 82 min)
(Kevin Vollmers is SO looking forward to engaging the filmmakers because the Stuck folks are SO interested in hearing what adoptees, or should I say “orphans”, have to say. *eye roll*)
Approved for Adoption Gets Its Minnesota Premiere
April 25th, 7:15 pm, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Jung, a 42-year-old cartoonist, is one of the many adopted Koreans spread around the world who elect to perform a reconciliatory trip to their country of birth. Jung decided to return to South Korea in order to breathe the air of his home country, tread the land of his ancestors, and maybe find traces of his biological mother. Shot as a documentary, this trip leads Jung to recall – through animation – the child he once was and the winding path that made him grow up. (D: Jung, Laurent Boileau, Belgium/France/South Korea, 2012, French, 70 min)
And much, much more!