POV | Documentaries with a point of view

Off and Running
by Nicole Opper

Off and Running
Watch the trailer at: www.pbs.org/pov/offandrunning
National PBS Premiere on POV
Tuesday, September 7 at 10 PM

(check your local listings)

Off and Running tells the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. Just when it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity, with inspiring results. A co-production of ITVS in association with the National Black Programming Consortium and American Documentary/POV and the Diverse Voices Project, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Visit the POV website to learn more about domestic adoption and watch the filmmaker interview, along with other special features.
Participate in a live chat and share your thoughts about Off and Running on Wednesday, September 8 at 2 PM EST, the day after the broadcast of Off and Running. The live chat will feature Avery Klein-Cloud and filmmaker Nicole Opper.
Teachers, access lesson plans and video clips!
To buy the DVD go to www.firstrunfeatures.com/

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Off and Running will be streaming online September 8, 2010 to December 7, 2010.

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