Special Opening Weekend Q&A with Andrew Solomon
We had a sneak peek of a new documentary inspired by the work of noted author, Andrew Solomon and recommend that interested viewers book seats at the theater where Solomon will introduce the film, and answer questions with the director, Rachel Dretzin.
FAR FROM THE TREE showcases parents and families who have children with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities and others in powerful and inspiring ways. The film shines a bright light not just on these different families, but also portrays a universal vision and offers a map for all of us to discover the wonder and humanity of others.
A film that every parent can relate to and enjoy as it addresses the universal challenges and joys of parenting – and the bond that unites us all – love and compassion.
“These stories are about the identity of those we meet rather than any illness, disability or sexual disposition. These are stories fundamentally about how love enables families, when coupled with steadfast determination, to overcome their pain and the stigma they may feel; and it is about how individuals can come to accept themselves, to have a good life – a life with dignity.” HuffPost
“The film is transcendent. All of its deeper messages aside, it is simply great storytelling. It puts us in worlds we don’t want to leave with people we want to spend more time with… Far From the Tree will stir a reexamination of who or what we see as broken or disabled. The litmus text of able-ness we so readily apply to others might better be turned on our collective inability to celebrate and embrace difference.” Mark Greene, Sr. Editor, The Good Men Project
“It’s a book everyone should read … there’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being — for having done so.” – The New York Times Book Review