2017 Alumni

Expected to Attend: Director Rachel Dretzin, author Andrew Solomon,  producer Jamila Ephron

WORLD PREMIERE Andrew Solomon’s bestselling book Far From the Tree examines how parents face their children’s extreme differences. The book was influenced by the author’s own experiences growing up gay and later becoming a parent. Now filmmaker Rachel Dretzin adapts the book into a beautifully crafted documentary, produced by Participant Media, known for groundbreaking films such as Waiting for ‘Superman’ and Food, Inc.

The film profiles families who offer intimate access to how they experience surprise, resilience, sorrow, courage, hope and joy. They have a lot to teach us about the depths of love as they confront conditions such as Down syndrome, autism and dwarfism. The film serves to challenge ideas of ‘normality’ and dispel fear over what’s perceived as ‘abnormal.’





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Director: Rachel Dretzin
Producer: Rachel Dretzin, Jamila Ephron, Andrew Solomon
Cinematographer: Sam Russell, Wolfgang Held
Editor: Ben Gold
Music: Nico Muhly, Yo La Tengo
Running Time: 93
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2017