In Kids Rights: The Business of Adoption, filmmakers Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva ask themselves if they are good enough for parenthood and whether they have the right after they personally witness Sir Elton’s own failed attempt to adopt a child.
Their investigation leads them through the Himalayas, the urban slums of Ukraine, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States where they learn about the corruption behind adoption practices and the cyclical problems caused by the welfare system. Through interviews with Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Called It, social workers, neuropsychologists, attorneys, parents, soon-to-be parents, victims of child abuse, and Elton himself, they learn that in today’s global society children in lack of basic human rights and privileges.
Michael has been an independent movie producer and director for over a decade. Olga had been working as the executive director of the Elena Pinchuk AntiAIDS Foundation, where she was in charge of launching and managing major project of the organisation. One project was Elton’s charitable concert devoted to HIV/AIDs in cooperation with the EJAF.
A few years later, Elton and his partner, David Furnish, returned to the Ukraine to observe the progress being made in the fight against AIDS. Although David had wanted kids, Elton hadn't seriously considered the idea until they visited Makeevka Orphanage, which is dedicated to children born to HIV positive mothers, and where they met a young boy named Lev. They were prepared to adopt the tot and his older brother Artyom, but the Ukranian government said no, claiming that homosexuals have no right to become parents.
“Our main inspiration for making the film is our strong desire to build a new society where the children’s rights would be considered before anything thing else,” explains Dudko. “By making this film we hope to fight against this injustice and draw the public’s attention to what children really need: parents.”
Kids’ Rights: The Business of Adoption is now available on DVD, with Streaming Video and Download-to-Own options starting June 20.