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Audience Honorable Mention | Programmers’ Choice Honorable Mention

UNADOPTED

Paula Neudorf, Arianna LaPenne

Of the 440,000 kids in foster care in the U.S., more than a quarter is over age 12. Adoption rates for these older kids are abysmally low. What happens when you're “too old” to get adopted?

After 20 years in foster care, Noel Anaya was never adopted. He was determined to investigate what went wrong, and finds the answers in his first documentary film.

UNADOPTED starts with Anaya untangling his own unique story, which leads him to a wider examination that reveals the social welfare system’s silent but pervasive systemic bias against families of color, and teenagers aka “older youth.”

While most young adults look to their parents for answers about identity and upbringing, Anaya turns to court records, social workers, and most importantly,
three California teens who reveal the critical decisions they’re currently making to secure a “forever family” -- or not.

A harrowing journey filled with heart, UNADOPTED is one of my favorite films of the entire festival and I have not stopped thinking about it. Noel is unflinchingly honest in his exploration of his history in the foster system, and uncovers some dark truths. Emotionally gripping, UNADOPTED will leave you wanting to do everything you can to help fix this broken system. — Jillian C (Programmer)

DETAILS

CATEGORY

Documentary

RUNTIME

33 min

COUNTRY

USA

LANGUAGE

English

TAGS

Documentary, Social Justice/Human Rights

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

TBA

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Filmmaker Website (Paula Neudorf)

Filmmaker Website (Arianna LaPenne)


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SHOWTIME

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Available to watch on demand from August 22-29, 2020


Award Block

Available to watch on demand from August 30-September 5, 2020

CREDITS

Director: Paula Neudorf, Arianna LaPenne


Executive Producers: Bob Calo, Ellin O'Leary


Producers: Noel Anaya, Ellin O'Leary, Bob Calo, Paula Neudorf


Writers: Noel Anaya, Bob Calo, Paula Neudorf


Cinematographer: Arianna LaPenne


Editor: Hanna Lane Miller


Cast: Noel Anaya

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