I’ve always been a bit concerned about international adoption because 1) there could be a cultural barrier in the understanding of “adoption” when biological parents are working, if they are working, with an adoption agency 2) there could be language barriers with signing a contract that the biological parents may or may not be able to read 3) there may be little recourse for the biological parents due to how far away the adoptive parents may live and 4) how much, or how little, money may be available to mount a legal case.
Anyhoo … I saw this film, “Mercy, Mercy” mentioned online at IndieWire.com that I thought I’d share:
The short version of the story goes… 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’ll have a better life. The two toddlers move to Denmark with their new parents, but are they better off now?
For 4 years, filmmaker Katrine Kjaer followed both parent couples: Danes Henriette and Gert are on the verge of despair over the rebellious Masho, who doesn’t want to adjust to her new family; meanwhile, Ethiopians Sinkenesh and Husen are desperate because they’re not receiving any news about their children, as the adoption agency promised.
Read more about Mercy, Mercy here.
Read an bit about Mercy, Mercy on the Dannish Film Institute’s website.