My Flesh and Blood (film)

My Flesh and Blood (film)
My Flesh and Blood
Directed by Jonathan Karsh
Produced by Jennifer Chaiken
Starring Susan Tom
Anthony Tom
Faith Tom
Joe Tom
Xenia Tom
Margaret Tom
Music by B. Quincy Griffin
Hector H. Perez
Cinematography Amanda Micheli
Editing by Eli Olson
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

My Flesh and Blood is a 2003 documentary film by Jonathan Karsh chronicling a year in the life of the Tom family. The Tom family is notable as the mother, Susan, adopted eleven children, most of whom had serious disabilities or diseases. The film itself is notable for handling the sensitive subject matter in an unsentimental way that is more uplifting than one might expect. It was nominated for and won several awards, including the Audience Award and the Director's Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Plot

The documentary takes an in-depth at the Tom Family a focus on several of the eleven kids. The film is broken up into seasons starting out with family taking part in Halloween in the fall and ending in the Summer of the upcoming year. The family's unconventional home-life becomes a foundation for the supports, challenges, and successes that they face daily.

Cast

  • Susan Tom, Mother of the children
  • Anthony Tom, who has epidermolysis bullosa
  • Faith Tom, who survived severe burns as an infant in a crib fire.
  • Joe Tom, who has cystic fibrosis and ADHD
  • Xenia Tom, who was born without legs. The condition is referred to as an congenitial amputee
  • Margaret Tom, who has no severe disabilities and assists her mother.

There are six other children of whom we don't see as much due to the constraints of keeping the film to a reasonable length.

Awards

Received

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

  • 2003: Audience Award
  • 2003: FIPRESCI Prize

Florida Film Festival

  • 2003: Special Jury Award - For documentary feature

International Documentary Association

  • 2003: IDA Award - Honorable Mention - Feature Documentaries

Sundance Film Festival

  • 2003: Audience Award - Documentary
  • 2003: Directing Award - Documentary

Nominations

International Documentary Association

  • 2003: IDA Award - Feature Documentaries

Sundance Film Festival

  • 2003: Grand Jury Prize - Documentary

Golden Trailer Awards

  • 2004: Golden Trailer - Best Documentary

Satellite Awards

  • 2004: Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture, Documentary

See also

External links


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