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Home > Screenings > Keshet International > Ellie Simmonds: Finding My Secret Family

Producer: Flicker Productions

Genres: Documentary


60'

In this thought-provoking documentary, Ellie follows her own adoption journey as she tracks down her birth mother who gave her up for adoption after only two weeks. Ellie spends time with families who adopted Disabled children, hears deeply personal stories from Disabled people who tried to find their birth parents, only to be rejected again, and highlights the pioneering work of social services teams around the UK.

Ellie explores barriers on both sides of the adoptive process – both social and institutional – and asks if we are perpetuating an unfounded stigma around having Disabled children. From probing the existence of in-built systemic bias from the moment of birth, to a lack of awareness, Ellie’s mission is to investigate and unravel this complex issue in a powerful, highly charged, and deeply personal film.