Children from Russia. In Russian. 60 minutes. NTSC format, all regions. ISBN 1-58269-019-7 (one video DVD, 27-page PDF transcript by download). Director of photography: Slavomir Grunberg. Edited and produced by Slava Paperno. US Copyright Registration Number PA0001312092. $39.00.
Filmed in Moscow, Chelyabinsk, and California, this documentary is about several children in Russian orphanages who are being adopted by American couples. Some of the children have minor birth defects that prompted their mothers to place them in the orphanage, others were "unplanned."
We meet the children in Moscow and Chelyabinsk orphanages and learn their stories. They are just past the toddler stage, growing up without parents to call their own. We learn about Russian attitudes toward adoption, the orphanage system, and how these children come to be adopted by Americans. Orphanage caregivers, doctors, adoptive parents, adoption agents, and others carry this film, sharing their experiences and points of view.
The same film may be used online in our Cloud pages, with the transcript displayed on your computer or tablet next to the video. Why, then, buy the DVD? We think that a teacher may prefer using this DVD in class with a DVD player and room projector, and an individual learner, too, may very well benefit from the DVD's superior image and sound quality. For artistic impression and practice in listening comprehension, watching a film on your TV is a different experience than working with your computer screen. The transcript (with no glosses or notes) may be downloaded and printed.