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Video: Far From the Tree Asks: How Do We Decide What to Celebrate?

Far From the Tree — the documentary adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s landmark study of difference within families, coming to the DOC NYC Festival this week — explores the porous, ever-shifting line between “illness” and “identity.” . . . In one particularly affecting section of the film, we are introduced to a community of dwarfs at the annual Little People of America conference, who explain how they see new scientific attempts to “cure” and subsequently eradicate dwarfism as an assault on their community and an invalidation of their identities. In the exclusive clip below, the film offers a window into the life of dwarf couple Joe Stramondo and Leah Smith, which, contrary to popular belief, is not beset by the desire to be “normal.”

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