At a time when we witness daily battles based on issues of difference and identity, Andrew Solomon’s best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity looks beyond politics to our most intimate institution: the family. Inspired in part by his own family’s struggles to accept him as a gay man, the book sets out to investigate how parents respond to a child who is vastly different from themselves and meet the extraordinary challenges they face with love, empathy, and understanding.
In the new documentary Far from the Tree, Emmy-winning filmmaker Rachel Dretzin brings those hopeful stories to the screen, following families coping with the challenges presented by Down syndrome, dwarfism, autism, and incarceration. Far From the Tree explores Solomon’s own journey to understand how a difference that was once considered an abnormality can instead be embraced as an identity.
Join New America NYC at Betaworks Studios for a preview screening of Far From the Tree and conversation that asks: how do we decide what to cure and what to celebrate? Participants will include author Andrew Solomon; director Rachel Dretzin; featured subjects Emily and Jason Kingsley; and Brigid Schulte, Director of New America’s Better Life Lab.