Women of the World, Independent Lens
One woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence shows a story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life.
Three families brought together and pushed apart by transracial adoption explore the implications of white parents adopting black children.
An award-winning filmmaker, Phil Bertelsen works in both fiction and non-fiction. Most recently he produced and directed EveryOther, a social satire about racial identity that was featured in the PBS series Matters of Race. His last film, The Sunshine, won numerous awards and is… included as part of the Full Frame Documentary DVD Collection. Bertelsen also wrote and directed Outside Looking In, examining transracial adoption in America and airing on public television. Additionally, he was a writer/director fellow at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab and has an M.F.A. from New York University where he won a Student Academy Award for his dramatic short Around the Time.
Katy Chevigny is a documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, and nonprofit manager. Chevigny founded Arts Engine and its predecessor Big Mouth Productions. In 2000, Chevigny launched MediaRights.org, a “knowledge commons” for filmmakers, activists, educators, and the general public. The site was awarded the… South by Southwest Interactive Media Festival’s Best Green/Nonprofit Business Website in 2005. As a film director, Chevigny recently directed the film Election Day (2007), which premiered at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in March 2007 and was broadcast on public television by P.O.V. on July 1, 2008. Chevigny also co-directed Deadline (2004), an Emmy-nominated documentary about the dramatic events that took place in Illinois in 2003 concerning capital punishment. The film aired on NBC in July 2004 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won a CINE Golden Eagle Grand Jury Award and the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award. Chevigny has produced many award-winning documentaries at Arts Engine, including: Arctic Son, Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today, Nuyorican Dream, Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America.
Outside Looking In brings personal insight and a critical lens to transracial adoption, looking at three families facing the challenges of adopting children across racial lines. The film supplies a voice to those directly affected by adoption policies and explores larger topics facing our society: race, family, and identity.