Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

DVD - 2019
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"FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon's award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity."--Container.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Sundance Selects,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD 362. 4083 FAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dolby 5.1
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Jun 28, 2019

Interesting documentary based on the book written by Andrew Solomon, starting with his own story. A gay man whose mother could not/would not accept his “choice” of sexual orientation. He states it was no choice and certain people are different from accepted norms. Solomon summarizes my “illness” was not my “identity.” The DVD looks at four different individuals and their families. Solomon’s notes love and acceptance are often mutual in beliefs and/or practices, but they can also be at odds sometimes. His own mother condemned his lifestyle and complained that she would never be a Grandmother and he would never know what it is like to be a family man because he was gay. The DVD also includes a man with Down syndrome, a boy with autism, a couple of little people (dwarves) and the family of a convicted murderer. The first few cases have individuals with physical disabilities. The convict story was more uncertain. His parents conclude their son was broken when he killed a young child when he was a child himself. Not only do you have the individual with the “perceived” disability, you also have all the nurturing influences (people) in that person’s life as well. The young woman who said her family tried to understand her difference but she didn’t really come into her own until she went to the Little People Convention and met people like herself. The child with autism was interesting because his parents tried every type remedy and finally found a person who could teach him to read (he could not speak) and he was able to type sentences to make himself understood—he wrote “I am not stupid.” His father later concluded “he is abnormal in a good way.” The author/gay man eventually marries a man and they have four children in their family unit. Far From The Tree presents different individuals with different abilities most of whom find love and acceptance in perhaps nontraditional ways or settings. Overall, heartfelt and empowering.

May 06, 2019

Very interesting and helpful info in understanding the Autistic, the Down Syndrome, and the Dwarf Children/Teens/Adults and about their Families and their philosophies!

Also, there is another Family, that above comments didn't mention, a Family that is stable, supportive and loving, yet their Teen commits a murder, killing another Child! It was a huge shock to the Family that their Teen would do such a despicable murder, a murder he couldn't explain! It deals with how Family had to come to terms with this very difficult reality and the reality of their Child's life -imprisonment, the domino effect it had on their other Children!

I feel these stories can be made into a Series!
I wish even more details were provided about these Families and their Children!

A worthy watch! I highly recommend it!
There is a Pink Tank in it! 😂

Apr 24, 2019

A documentary introducing a number of families and their unique circumstances and how each family has learned to cope; gay, autistic, Down syndrome, dwarfs, pregnancies, relationships, marriage. At the end of the documentary the author quotes Tolstoy; "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Very interesting and a great presentation.

Apr 13, 2019

Heartfelt documentary about how people deal with being different in society. Starting with a gay man in his 40's or 50's. How society had changed and his struggles. A family with a beautiful baby, toddler who experiences autism at 2 years old and how they managed and didn't manage. Lots of stories about brave families and mostly children and the how they managed. Made you think. In my case how lucky I am.

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