The film's central character is Avery Klein-Cloud, an African-American teenager who lives with her adoptive parents -- two gay white women, and their other inter-ethnic adopted children. Avery is smart, sensitive and well-adjusted. She does well in school and she's a talented track competitor. But she has a prevailing curiosity about her roots.
Who Is Avery?
Avery is a very engaging and sympathetic subject, and her story, with all of its unusual circumstances, is captivating.
In telling that story, Nicole Opper shows her superior storytelling skills. She unfolds Avery's story in a very moving way and deftly presents a specific view of adopted children's concerns, interracial family life and gay parenting. And, without ever spewing statistics or using graphs as illustrations, she extends our considerations to include concerns of children around the world who've been displaced from their birth mothers because of natural disasters, terrorism or for whatever reasons.
Don't expect anything shocking from the film. Avery's drama is real, but actually, in contrast to the circumstances of many other children who've been displaced from their birth families, Avery lives quite a privileged and comfortable live with loving and intelligent adoptive parents who provide for her needs, encourage her to excel at school (it's a Jewish school, in fact, where Avery stands out as the only black student) and support her efforts to find her birth mother and explore her heritage. The film's strength is that it is purely observational, and Opper never resorts to manipulation or sensationalism.And, so, Avery comes of age.
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- Director: Nicole Opper
- Release Date: January 29, 2010 (limited)
- Running Time: 76 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: United States
- Location: Brooklyn, New York
- Language: English
- Production Company: Independent Television Service
- Distribution Company: First Run Features