International Recognition, Distribution and Availability Growing For Award Winning Adoption Documentary

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While adoptions of children by Hollywood’s glamorous continue to grace the covers of entertainment magazines and tabloids, the very real stories of ordinary adoptive families often go untold. Since “I Have Roots and Branches”... Personal Reflections on Adoption, was reviewed and featured in the June edition of Adoption Australia Magazine, international recognition of this wonderful documentary about adoption has expanded overseas. Adoption Australia Magazine is distributed to adoptive families and adoption organizations across Australia as well as China, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, Romania, England and New Zealand.

Major on line retailers including BarnesandNoble.com, Blockbuster.com, Netflix.com, Tower Records.com, and Media Play.com are now offering "I Have Roots and Branches"... Personal Reflections on Adoption, an award winning documentary about adoption. The film is less of a “how to” adopt, but rather an inside, up close and personal look at adopted children growing up, their feelings about themselves, their connection to and love for their adoptive families, their thoughts on adoption and their birth families, and reflections on how adoption has impacted their lives. Director/Executive Producer Flory G. Herman’s documentary-style film won a 2004 Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, recognized worldwide for quality family/children’s entertainment, and was also screened at the New York International Independent Film & Video festival in NYC in November 2004.

According to Rosetta Capper, editor of Adoption Australia (http://www.adoption.org.au), “ ... there is a growing body of written work on adoption (both overseas and local) and adoption related issues" but a "deficit of targeted films on the adoption experience. No doubt, because of the cost and time required and obtaining subjects willing to tell express their views.” Obviously, the media interest peaks in stories involving well-known personalities in the entertainment business who are adoptive parents such as Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Rosie O’Donnell, Calista Flockhart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Angelina Jolie, Barbara Walters, and Brad Pitt, or adoptees themselves including Faith Hill, Melissa Gilbert and Scott Hamilton. While these famous individuals certainly draw attention to adoption, they likely celebrate their families every day in the same way the millions of other adoptive families do all over the world.

According to Mrs. Capper, Herman’s film sets "a new benchmark in adoption films”. Capper further found the film very “watchable, the soundtrack exactly right - perfect mood music for the emotional issues discussed, with the editing allowing the film to flow ….” In an e-mail to Herman, a first time film producer who is primarily an adoption attorney and consultant for Adoption STAR, Inc.(http://www.adoptionstar.com), Capper praised her as having carved for herself “a new career in film making!”. Capper considered the audience for the film to “include all of those involved in adoption from birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and professionals in adoption ... and that it cuts across interest groups and all of these will take something away with them.” Capper acknowledged that “having a group of adoptees (and a birth mother) honestly expressing their inner thoughts, and at varying ages” offered an “important understanding of how adopted children/adults feel about themselves, their birth parents and their adopted parents.” Capper recommended the film as a very helpful educational tool for parents contemplating adoption, in gaining a very clear view of how adoptees feel about themselves and the adoption experience.

According to Raleigh-Durham-WRAZ-TV FOX 50 VP and General Manager Tommy Schenck, “‘Roots and Branches...’ is a moving and genuine look at adoption and the positive impact it can have on families through many voices and different perspectives.” In January 2004, Schenk elected to boycott his own network airing of a controversial adoption reality show on the FOX television network and substituted “Roots and Branches”, stating he was “proud to share this enlightening and heartwarming program, both as informative, appropriate family viewing, and as a public service as well.”

Just this November (National Adoption Month), the United States senate resolved to “promote national awareness of adoption, to celebrate children and families involved in adoption, and to encourage Americans to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.” Since 1987 the number of annual adoptions has ranged from 118,000 to 127,000, approximately 2,100,000 children in the United States live with adoptive parents and approximately 6 of every 10 Americans have been touched personally by adoption in that they, a family member, or a close friend was adopted, has adopted a child, or has placed a child for adoption. These statistics demonstrate how very prevalent adoption is in this country and that just about everyone, has either been personally touched by adoption or knows someone who has.

While the media will always take note of the most glamorous and famous who adopt, this independent documentary will reach the hearts of these famous families and all families touched by adoption. "Roots and Branches” honors families created through adoption by offering a positive perspective from the ordinary and extraordinary faces and voices of adoption. The adoption community in this country and abroad continues to embrace this film that celebrates families already formed through adoption, and renews hope for those in the process of creating a forever family through adoption.

The film is the perfect supplement to the many adoption books parents use to engage their children in a positive dialogue about adoption. The holidays are the perfect time to consider “Roots and Branches” as a gift for families already created by adoption as well as families considering adoption. A short trailer of the film can be viewed at adoption.com (http://adoptionshop.com/p218/video-dvd-issues/i-have-roots-and-branches-dvd.html)which remains a popular on-line retailer of the film. The film is also available at Amazon.com, adoptionstar.com, AdoptionBooks.com, AdoptShoppe.com, AdoptionShop.com, Education 2000, Inc., Embracing the child.com,, JR.com, filmbaby.com, and cdbaby.com. The film is also distributed through Tapeworm Video Distributors and ITN Distribution.

You can learn more about the film at http://www.adoptvideo.com.

For more information, call Flory G. Herman (716) 636-0972.

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