“STUCK is a documentary about international adoption, showing the joy and pain and absolute bullshit of bureaucracy that comes with waiting on two different governments. STUCK follows a single mom adopting from Ethiopia, a family caught in the nightmarish closure of Vietnam adoptions, and a couple bringing home two little tots from Haiti. It exposes the startling (or not so startling) tendency of officials here in the US and overseas to throw up their hands while they (may as well) toss your file in the trash. At the same time, the Hague Convention, an idealistic inter-country agreement dictating international adoption procedures in a good portion of countries, actually slows the process and prevents adoptions from countries like Vietnam and Cambodia who have signed the Convention in an attempt to appease the US, but still can’t meet the requirements. (Both countries are struggling to re-open international adoption programs, and the US remains closed to both).
Red tape. Re-application. Hey, here’s a hoop for you to jump through.
Meanwhile, children wait. Babies wait. Babies die. And no one comes for them.”
I posted the preview for Stuck a few days ago, and then today read a review on Adoptionistas. (Above is a clip from it.) I REALLY want to go see this. There is a screening tour for the movie, and they’re trying to get 1 million signatures on a petition to remove barriers in international adoption. The tour is in KC on April 20th, and I’d really love to go, but I’m not sure if that will happen. It’s $15 a ticket to go to the screening + the cost of getting to KC and staying the night. You can stream the movie for $13, so that might be what happens for me. I already signed the petition online, and YOU CAN TOO! Just go here: http://www.change.org/petitions/make-a-child-s-right-to-a-family-our-priority. I was the 4,214th person to sign, so there’s still an insanely long way to go.