Off and Running

Off and Running

An American Coming of Age Story

Streaming Video - 2010
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With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known. She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. Off and Running follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.
Audience: Rated UNK.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Films : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 76 min.)) : sound, color

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dprodrig
Jan 21, 2011

I love how realistic this movie is - the adopted child of white lesbian parents seeks to reconnect with her birth mother. Except, it doesn't work and her life, and her self-esteem, goes spinning down the tubes for a little while.

Really interesting to feel the impact of identity on someone coming of age. I feel for her, y'know?

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