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My Flesh and Blood

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • MY FLESH AND BLOOD documents one year in the life of divorced, 53-year-old Fairfield, California mother Susan Tom and her 11 adopted children--ten of which are physically or mentally disabled. After a 13-year marriage that produced two children of her own and her first adopted child, she continued to take in children with special needs, despite her lack of a regular income. The family includes Xenia, 13, and Hannah, 11, who were both born with no legs, eight-year-old Faith, whose face was badly burned in an accident when she was two, and Anthony, 19, who suffers from a rare disease which prevents the skin from properly adhering to the body. The majority of the stress in the house, however, originates with, Joe, 15, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, attention deficit disorder, and a problem controlling his abundant anger. Able-bodied college student Margaret, meanwhile, is crumbling under the pressure of helping her mother care for her siblings. Director Jonathan Karsh's film is inspiring without resorting to sentimentality. While the camera focuses most frequently on Joe--whose foulmouthed threats contain the possibility of real violence--the film's true heart lies with Anthony, whose wide eyes appear hopeful, even when something as simple as a bath brings him excruciating pain.
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NVG9615

  • Critic Reviews
    "...An unforgettable experience. Its driving force is a woman who heals the souls inside broken bodies and makes people whole in the ways that really matter..."
    New York Times

    "...MY FLESH AND BLOOD etches an unforgettable portrait....The singular achievement of Jonathan Karsh's graceful and rigorous documentary is that he enables his audiences to see his heroine's family through her very clear but always loving eyes..."
    Los Angeles Times

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