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Release Date: January 29th, 2010

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 16 min

Plot Summary
The focus of this film rests on Avery Klein-Cloud, a teenage African-American girl living in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her Caucasian Jewish lesbian mothers and two brothers who are also of other races. When Avery decides to contact her birth mother, this development triggers a major identity crisis for the college-bound teen, leading to troubling behavior that threatens her promising academic career and her relationship with her adoptive family. Can Avery reconcile her roots with her everyday life?

Director: Nicole Opper

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: First Run

Keywords: Brooding, Growing up, Love, 2000s, Mother, Emotional, Brother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Initially succeeds at accounting for the formation of this unlikely family unit, but as the subject’s life starts to unravel, cut-rate cable TV techniques (trifling montages, an overactive string score) deaden the full impact of her crisis. show more

  • The director-producer, Nicole Opper, has known Avery's Brooklyn family for years, which no doubt accounts for the film's intimacy. show more

  • A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white. show more

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