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Director - Nicole Opper
Run Time -  76 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD
Year - 2009
Genre - Documentary
Educational Interest- Adolescence, African-American Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Family Relations, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Jewish Studies, Sports

Institutional DVD Price: $295


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.


Fascinating…Opper allows Avery’s story to unfold with the sort of naturalistic drama usually associated with scripted features…a startlingly sharp portrait.”
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE


"This film is both very moving and very smart, not an easy combination to achieve. It illuminates so many issues in our world today -- from the role of race, to the changing nature of our families, to the struggle teens face growing up -- all through the prism of adoption. I'm certain that anyone connected to adoption will want to see it, but I also hope it gets a much wider audience, because the lessons it teaches are ones we all need to learn." - Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Pulitzer-prize nominated author of best-selling "Adoption Nation"


Recommended.” - M. Sandlin, Video Librarian