HRWFF 2020: Far From the Tree

HRWFF 2020: Far From the Tree

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Followed by Q&A event, featuring:

  • Andrew Solomon, film participant
  • Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Moderated by Graeme Reid, Director, LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch

This life-affirming documentary follows the lives of Jack, Jason, Loini, and Trevor, who don't fit society's narrow definition of “normal.”

We meet them and their families and discuss how expectations placed on children, parents, and families have such power to turn “unconditional love” on its head by ways of extraordinary challenges.

Fascinated with this idea, writer and film subject Andrew Solomon’s work on this issue stems from his own traumatic experience coming out as gay to his parents.

Rejected and cast aside, he tried everything to regain his parents’ love and be “normal,” including conversion therapy. In a quest for understanding, this film encourages us to let go of our preconceptions – for example, about people with autism or dwarfism – and celebrate our loved ones for all that makes them uniquely themselves.


Rachel Dretzin



Running Time:

93 minutes


  • Q&A
  • Members priority booking
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