PDFF 2013 PDFF 2013
Mercy Mercy - A Portrait of a True Adoption
Mercy Mercy - Adoptionens pris
Z litości. Prawdziwy portret adopcji
dir. Katrine W. Kjær, Denmark, 2012, 94 mins
Screening times
May 10 21:00, Iluzjon Stolica
May 19 18:30, Iluzjon Stolica
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About the film

At first sight, adoption seems like a win-win situation: a poor orphan gets some loving parents and a good life. But the world of adoption is a question of supply and demand, with Ethiopia as a chief supplier of thousands of needy children. The fact that the well-being of the child is not always top priority becomes painfully clear in this tragic story about Masho and her little brother Roba. Far from being orphans, their sick parents give them up for adoption in the hope they will have a better life. The two toddlers move to Denmark with their new parents, but are they better off now? For four years, Katrine Kjaer followed both parent couples in their growing sense of hopelessness. Danes Henriette and Gert are on the verge of despair over the rebellious Masho, who does not want to adjust to her new family. Ethiopians Sinkenesh and Husen are desperate because they are not receiving any news about their children, as the adoption agency promised. Kjaer records it all. Emotional moments such as the transfer of the children and the tensions in their home in Denmark are shot from a respectful distance. Without losing sight of the nuances, the film shows the downside to international adoption, the contrast between Ethiopia and Denmark, and the parallel pain of both parents and children.

Wybrane festiwale i nagrody / Selected festivals and awards: 2012 – MFF Amsterdam / IDFA


Reżyseria/Directed by: Katrine W. Kjær
Zdjęcia/Cinematography by: Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Producenci/Producers: Miriam Nørgaard, Sara Stockmann, Vibeke Windeløv
Produkcja /Production: Fridthjof Film A/S, Danish Film Institute

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