Two adoptive Garden City families appear in Craig Juntunen's documentary, "STUCK."
Juntunen, author, filmmaker and founder of the International Adoption Movement,
“Both Ends Burning,” will appear in Garden City at The Lutheran Church of
the Resurrection at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, to preview his
award- winning full length documentary “STUCK” to local residents.
the worsening situation currently being faced by adoptive parents from around
the world as they attempt to consummate an increasingly difficult and sometimes
impossible process of bringing an adoptable child from overseas into their
Millions of orphans face a crushing wait, while a broken system keeps
them from the one thing they most need, a family.
Narrated by Mariska Hargatay,
the film, which has been characterized as a “different kind of love story,” exposes
how the current system is damaging children as well as discouraging adoptions
and focuses on the need to fight for the most fundamental human right of
these children; to grow up in a family, not in an orphanage.
Garden City families, the Oellrichs and the Powers, appear in the film, which
will premiere publicly in theaters throughout North America beginning in late
February as a part of a 60-city bus tour hosted by Mr. Juntunen, which will
roll across America to raise public awareness of this pressing issue and will
culminate in late spring with an “Empty Stroller March” in Washington, D.C.
after the showing, Mr. Juntunen will discuss
the latest developments regarding international adoptions and the adoption
advocacy movement he founded, suggest ways attendees can get involved if they
wish to help improve the plight of these innocent children and take questions.
years in the making, “STUCK” debuted at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film
Festival and subsequently won The People’s Choice Award at The Heartland Film Festival
The film was also shown to members of Congress and their staffs
inside the Capitol Building under the auspices of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.),
an adoptive parent who has become a “Both Ends Burning” champion to her
colleagues and other policymakers.
Public distribution rights were recently acquired
by the iconic Hollywood film company, Samuel Goldwyn films.
to producing “STUCK” and founding “Both Ends Burning,” Mr. Juntunen’s efforts on
behalf of orphans include a book by the same name detailing his family’s own
story in adopting his three children from Haiti. He and his wife, Kathi, have since
taken over and now run orphanages there. He is currently developing a
screenplay to be called “Family of Five” based on his, his wife's and adoptive children’s
experiences in becoming a family.
Church of the Resurrection is located at 420
Stewart Avenue, Garden City, N.Y.
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