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You Should be Grateful (2019)

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Completed On: 10 Feb, 2019

Director: Heather Waters

Duration: 38 min 46 sec

Genres: Documentary, Short

Language: English

Country: Australia

Submitted By: Heather Waters

Festival Rating 7.8
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A documentary, narrated by adult adoptees about the effects adoption has had on their lives.
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.

  • Producer
    Heather Waters
    The Lost Souls
  • Film Type
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres
  • Runtime
    38 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date
    10 Feb, 2019
  • Production Budget
    3000 AUD
  • Country of Origin
  • Country of Filming
  • Film Language
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  • Film Color
  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Global Shorts
United States
Special Mention

Independent Shorts Awards
United States
Bronze Best Documentary Short

Independent Shorts
United States
Californian Premiere
Bronze Award

Director's Biography

At the age of 13, I was introduced to photography on a professional level and later, continued to study the art at a deeper level. I have always loved creating a beautiful picture.
I was adopted shortly after birth and raised an only child in a single parent family. Ironic given that is exactly the reason I was adopted - so that I wasn't raised that way.
From the age of 4, I was a stage performer of ballet, calisthenics and drama, eventually ending that career at age 13.
I'm highly organised, creative, passionate and determined. I have combined my strengths, skills and circumstances and channelled them into the film making industry to create artistic works which convey meaning on behalf of and for others.

Director's Statement

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.


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