Told by adult adoptees about the effects of being adopted has had on their lives, a 39-minute documentary to relaunch the discussion about the adoption problematic.
In early 2018, a group of brave adopted adults came together at a weekend getaway, to share their experiences of what life has been like living as an adopted person. Following this, some were interviewed where they dispelled the myths and exposed the truths of the complexities that adoption brings. This is their journey, worlds apart yet the familiarity of adoption will bring them together.
“Adoption is a global problem in that largely, it does not address the needs of the child but rather, focuses on the desires of the adults. Adoption is damaging, on many levels, to a child who will then need to live with the effects of that for the rest of their life. I strongly believe the first achievable step is to keep the child’s identity as a whole, intact. Their name, medical history, ancestry and relatives all need to be open and accessible to them at all times. Working towards less damaging ways can help development which leads to a more whole human being and healthy adult”, underlines filmmaker Heather Waters.
Awarded Bronze Best Documentary Short in February 2019, “You Should be Grateful” is one of the 200 amazing award-winning films already gathered at the exclusive Independent Shorts Awards streaming channel.