MERCY MERCY

ADOPTIONENS PRIS

By Katrine KJÆR

FRIDTHJOF FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

Two couples fighting for better lives, are caught in a corrupt international baby business. How far would YOU go to secure the future of your children?

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • DENMARK
    • Languages
    • DANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Katrine KJÆR
    • Producer(s)
    • Miriam NØRGAARD (FRIDTHJOF FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • In a village in Ethiopia, Sinkenesh and Husen are in a dilemma, forced to think of how to secure the future of their children, as they, can no longer afford a high-protein diet to ensure the benefits from their HIV medication.

      Tempted by an eager adoption industry´s promise of a good life for their children, they choose to give up their two youngest, Masho (4) and Ropa (2), in the hope that the children will be safe and return once they have an education, bringing future hope back to their family. They are given promises of contact with the children and possible financial aid from the children’s new families.

      At the same time in Denmark, Gert and Henriette are finally getting the call they dreamed of ever since they put all their savings in becoming adoptive parents. They are free to go to Ethiopia to collect Masho and Ropa, who they believe they are rescuing from dying parents.

      But giving up your children is hard, and to the very end Sinkenesh and Husen are in doubt of what is best for the children. However, once inside the hands of the adoption industry there is no turning back, and under severe pressure they lie to the children and leave them at an orphanage supported by the adoption industry. They meet with Gert and Henriette who promise to love and take care of the children for the rest of their lives.

      Masho and Ropa meet Gert and Henriette after two months at the orphanage, but especially Masho is not interested in having new parents and struggles against them in ways that start to threaten their marriage.

      After the adoption, Sinkenesh and Husen find out that adoption to the Western world is not the same as adoptions inside Ethiopia, where new ties are built between the two families, in support of both. They try to find ways to complain and get news of their children, but the industry has lost interest in talking to them.

      In Denmark, after two years of trying, Gert and Henriette give up, leaving Masho in a psychiatric ward.

      Knowing the fate of Masho, Sinkenesh and Husen begin struggling to reestablish contact with the children and possibly try the case in court, as the adoptive parents have not lived up to the adoption agreement, and their rights as biological parents were not secured during the adoption process.
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