FAR FROM THE TREE with Director Rachel Dretzin and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.USA | 2018 | 93 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary
Friday August 10, 2018
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$10 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Q&A with Director Rachel Dretzin and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. afterward
FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.”
Rachel Dretzin has been honored with numerous awards for her documentaries, including the Emmy Award, the Peabody, the DuPont Columbia, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. For many years she has directed and produced documentaries for PBS’ Frontline, with credits including The Lost Children of Rockdale County, A Hidden Life,and Failure to Protect. Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media, a Brooklyn-based production company and a leading producer of nonfiction content.
Henry Louis Gates. Jr. is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He discovered what are considered the first books by African-American writers, both women, and has published extensively on appreciating African-American literature as part of the Western canon.
"All of the families in Far From the Tree are compelling - their trials unimaginable and their spirits indomitable. You'll want to have a box of Kleenex handy." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Far From the Tree throws so much at you that you'll want to pick up the book and read (or reread) it." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's a painstaking inspection of parenthood, which is fraught even in less formidable circumstances... But it's also a contemplation of what it means to be human and, ultimately, optimistic." - Daphne Howland, Village Voice