Stuck is an award-winning documentary that reveals the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a rollercoaster of bureaucracy on journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak.
Stuck follows four children on their individual voyages from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the United States. The film tracks their lives and the families seeking to parent them, revealing along the way the intense hope and disappointment they experience on the odyssey to unite as families.
Some stories show incredible examples of kids who blossom after joining their families, while others offer insight into emotional and physical impacts institutional life can have on these kids. Stuck is a testament to the power of love and the inexplicable connection between parent and child – even when separated by thousands of miles and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The film is written by Jennifer Latham and directed by Thaddaeus Scheel. You can watch the trailer for the film at the bottom of the page.
Craig Juntunen, executive producer of the film and founder of Both Ends Burning, the non-profit dedicated to furthering the efforts and reducing the red tape of international adoption, launched an 80-day, 60-city bus tour to raise awareness and help promote the film. Clearly devoted and knowledgeable on this far-reaching subject, Juntunen is the author of a book entitled Both Ends Burning: My Story of Adopting Three Children from Haiti about his own personal experiences in the international adoption process.
The film comes at a time when the topic is subject to much debate. Juntunen’s organization has also launched an online petition to the U.S. government calling for change to the adoption process. With the goal of receiving 1,000,000 signatures, this petition will help make President Obama prioritize a child’s right to a family.
The tour, which started at the end of February in Washington, D.C., will roll into New Orleans for a special one-night only event. Stuck will screen locally on Monday, March 11 at the AMC Palace 20 in Harahan at 7:00 p.m.. On hand that night to introduce the film will be United States Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, who is also featured in the documentary and helped kick off the tour last month in Washington.
You can purchase tickets for the event at: http://tickets.samuelgoldwynfilms.com (make sure to select the New Orleans screening!)
You can also watch the film online here: http://buy.stuckdocumentary.com/buy
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