Here are several documentaries worth your time. Find a short snippet on this page, and click over to the full reviews.

Foster Parents Speak - Experienced foster parents share their stories.

Father Unknown - Now retired, Urban Quint and his filmmaker son travel from the United States to the country of his childhood to try to find some answers that he's been longing for for years.

Rocks in My Pockets - An animated look at a family's history of depression, schizophrenia, and suicidal thoughts.

First Person Plural - Adopted from Korea as a young child, Deann now returns to Korea to attempt to uncloud her history.

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee - Deann makes a second trip to Korea to learn more about her history - and to meet the person whose life she inherited.

A Girl Like Her - Ann Fessler examines the experiences of single women who became pregnant in the 1950's and 60's.

112 Weddings - A wedding photographer revisits some of the couples he has chronicled over the past decades. What makes a marriage work?

The Case Against 8 - HBO chronicles the legal battles of two same-sex couples who desire to marry.

Love Child - An infant in South Korea dies from neglect due to her parents' addiction to online gaming.

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. - Actor Robert De Niro celebrates (and mourns?) his father by immersing himself in his father's artwork.

Paycheck to Paycheck - HBO Documentaries explores the difficulties Katrina Gilbert faces as a single mother with limited income.

First Comes Love - HBO looks at a single woman's journey to parenthood, from talking to her family, finding a sperm donor and going through fertility treatments to introducing her child to her family and watching him grow.

Love, Marilyn - HBO's documentary about former foster child, and American icon, Marilyn Monroe.

Aging Out - PBS' look at three youths who age out of the foster care system.

CLOSURE - Independent documentary following Angela Tucker as she seeks to open up her previously-closed adoption.

The Invisible Red Thread - 15-year-old international adoptee Vivian Lum takes a voyage from Canada to explore her country of birth, China.

Tales from the Organ Trade - HBO's look at the interplay of poverty and need, health and ethics.

Somewhere Between - Linda Goldstein Knowlton adopted her young daughter from China. She wants to provide her daughter with a culturally sensitive upbringing, and to do this she has sought out the stories of several young women who were adopted into the United States from China. One of the adoptees referred to feeling neither completely Chinese nor completely American, nor Chinese and American, but as a child stuck somewhere between two countries. Somewhere Between focuses on the stories and experiences of four teenagers.


  1. There are two new adoption-related documentaries you may be interested in, both of which I have seen: Stuck, and The Dark Matter of Love.

    1. Thanks, Mom25! I'll check them out!

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    3. Stuck:
      The Dark Matter of Love:

      I'd recommend both.

  2. Also: Somewhere Between. Interesting for OLDER teens.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Martha! Somewhere Between will be reviewed on Adoption at the Movies in the next few weeks :)

  3. To add to the list... Off And Running.

  4. Another one, about surrogacy, which sometimes involves legal adoption: Made In India. Fantastic film!

    1. Hi Elaine! Thanks so much for the suggestions!

  5. Where can I get the movie, First Person Plural?

    1. Hi! Here's a link -- The first price listed is for a public performance copy, but further down the page is a link to where you can buy the movie for personal home use, for about $25


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