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“Far from the Tree” Shows the Fruit of Unconditional Love

Sundance Selects and Participant Media present Far from the Tree: A Film by Rachel Dretzin. Opening in theaters and VOD July 20, 2018.

Far From The Tree is a documentary based Andrew Solomon’s book of the same name, and follows the same families he interviewed for his book. Solomon was born to a wealthy, prestigious family, but suffered a lot of pain at experiencing the rejection of his parents because he was gay. Yet, their rejection made him wonder; how do parents deal with children that differ from them?

From a physical handicap to, possibly, a moral one, Far From The Tree interviews a group of parents whose children differ from them. … Being a guardian for a life is a difficult, rewarding job, but Far From The Tree is dedicated to the parents who must confront a world who thinks their child’s difference is a disability or disease. When an “illness” becomes an identity or something that was thought to need a cure becomes celebrated by society is a transition that takes time. Yet, this film shows it is painful to see a world need time to accept and respect your child.

(To read the full review, please visit Diandra Reviews It All.)