My Flesh and Blood

    • Jonathan Karsh
    • United States
    • 2003
    • 83 min
    • Audience Favorites
    In Susan Tom's mind, children are a gift, even if something is wrong with them. After her failed marriage, which produced two sons and two adopted daughters, she has taken as many as nine foster children into her house. Susan does not have a regular job or a relationship, but she has more than enough work cut out for her with a house full of sick, physically handicapped, and emotionally abused children. With support from a few social agencies for the disabled, she manages to make ends meet. My Flesh and Blood follows Susan and her family for a couple of seasons, producing some heartrending scenes. A girl cheerfully tells us that she enjoys life, despite the fact that she has no legs. A boy with a skin disease must regularly undergo special bathing to keep from becoming infected. A hairdresser trims tufts of hair from a young girl with severe burns. Meanwhile, a healthy 18-year-old named Margaret has a hard time because nobody pays attention to her comparatively insignificant problems. The greatest source of concern though, is undoubtedly Joe, who suffers from a chronic lung disease and tyrannizes the entire family. But when he is admitted to the hospital, everybody fears for the worst.

    Credits

    • 83 min
    • color
    • video
    Director
    Jonathan Karsh
    Production
    Jennifer Chaiken for Chaiken Films
    Cinematography
    Amanda Micheli
    Editing
    Eli Olsen
    Sound
    Craig Burton

    IDFA history

    2009
    Screened
    Audience Favorites
    2003
    Screened
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance
    2003

    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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