Mercy Mercy - A portrait of a true adoption

Katrine W. Kjær, Denmark, 2012

90 min.DK/Documentary

What happens when adoption turns into an industry with the aim to alleviate the western world's childlessness, forgetting all about helping the children and families in the developing countries? The film is a global story about the catastrophic consequences of a choice made with the best intention. We follow an adoption from both sides of the globe, from the biological parents' last days with their children, through the adoption process and during the first four years of the adoptive parents' new life with the children in the West.
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Original title Mercy Mercy - Adoptionens pris
Danish title Mercy Mercy - Adoptionens pris
Keywords Adoption, Adopted children, Families, Adoptive parents, Developing countries, Africa, Ethiopia, Denmark
Director Katrine W. Kjær
Producer Sara Stockmann, Miriam Nørgaard, Vibeke Windeløv
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Morten Højbjerg
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Amharic,Danish,English,Oromo
Production company Fridthjof Film
Domestic distribution DR International Sales
International sales DR International Sales
TV release 26.11.2012, DR
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Fridthjof Film
Domestic distribution DR International Sales


Direction Katrine W. Kjær


Producer Sara Stockmann
Producer Miriam Nørgaard
Producer Vibeke Windeløv
Production manager Christian von der Recke
Producer's assistant Nicolai Boesen


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Morten Højbjerg

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Beijing, iDOCS Int. Documentary Forum 2014-12-12
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2013-06-06
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2013-05-10
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2013-05-02
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2013-04-25
Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2013-04-15
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013-01-25
Amsterdam, IDFA 2012-11-14
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