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Directed, edited, and co-produced by Bryan Tucker Aired on April 25, 9p

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Angela, an African-American, was raised by a Caucasian couple in a large, multiracial family in Washington State. She was adopted at the age of one from foster care in the state of Tennessee, under the terms of a closed adoption. As Angela grew older it became apparent that the unanswered questions about her birth story would continue to haunt her if she did not attempt to find some answers. Filmed and edited by her husband Bryan, this documentary follows Angela for two years during the search for her birth family. Several twists and surprising revelations ultimately lead Angela and her family across the country to her place of birth. It is here where Angela comes face to face with her birth mother for the first time, and meets family members who had never known she was even born – including her birth father.


Reel NW Extra: Interview with filmmakers Angela Tucker and Bryan Tucker
Did the couple know from the beginning that they would make a documentary? What was the driving force in Angela's quest to find her birth mother? What happened when Angela met her birth dad for the first time? Hear answers to these and more from Angela and Bryan Tucker in this conversation with Warren Etheredge.


In part 2 of the interview, Angela talks about what she believes is the meaning of family, the initial heartbreak of meeting her birth mother the first time, and her hope for other adoptees.

Filmmaker's Statement

The moment I met Angela’s family I knew that theirs was a story to be told. A couple that adopts seven children with a variety of special needs is a story we should all know about. I did not have any knowledge about adoption prior to meeting Angela, and over time I became convinced that this story could educate and encourage others towards older-child adoption, yet also show the struggles within adoption at the same time. Transracial adoption is a hot topic in American society today. Is it best to pluck a child out of their culture and place them in a drastically different one? Maybe, maybe not - but the complexity lies within the fact that sometimes there isn’t another choice. Angela and I both believe that more unique adoption stories being shown in media will only help to further educate and lessen the stereotypes, myths and stigma surrounding adoption.

I'm truly grateful for all of the voices featured in this story, and am amazed by their willingness to be vulnerable and share intimate moments with me (and the world) on camera. A special thanks to all of our Kickstarter backers, my talented co-producer Brian Lee, our design guru Peter Orr, and our amazing composers Benjamin & Chelsea Peck, of the band Mr. & Mrs. Something. - Bryan Tucker

For digital download or DVD purchase, or just to learn more about the film visit www.closuredocumentary.com.

Follow the film on www.facebook.com/closuredocumentary and twitter.com/ClosureFilm.

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05/28/14

Just got done watching closure, on my phone in the middle of the night crying it is so incredibly touching and hits so incredibly close to home. I am a white adoptive mother, my husband an Asian adoptive father, and our two precious adopted children are African American. We are a multi race family and I was so happy to see in this film that in the end the families all came together in love and grace and that is what I hope for our children someday. Would love to see an update to this film about how everyone is doing. Sandys health. Did they ever find Angela's adopted sister etc? Great job telling this story and awesome touching music that was raw with emotion. It encourages me to continue writing letters and send photos even though my children's birth mom kept their pregnancies a secret from family and friends also! Our story is so similar to yours in closure!!! Their birthmom requested no contact even no pictures or letters but we sent a few to the agency just in case she changes her mind and wants to see them. They are only toddlers now, so we are hopeful that they will also get closure when they are older.

05/28/14

Just got done watching closure, on my phone in the middle of the night crying it is so incredibly touching and hits so incredibly close to home. I am a white adoptive mother, my husband an Asian adoptive father, and our two precious adopted children are African American. We are a multi race family and I was so happy to see in this film that in the end the families all came together in love and grace and that is what I hope for our children someday. Would love to see an update to this film about how everyone is doing. Sandys health. Did they ever find Angela's adopted sister etc? Great job telling this story and awesome touching music that was raw with emotion. It encourages me to continue writing letters and send photos even though my children's birth mom kept their pregnancies a secret from family and friends also! Our story is so similar to yours in closure!!! Their birthmom requested no contact even no pictures or letters but we sent a few to the agency just in case she changes her mind and wants to see them. They are only toddlers now, so we are hopeful that they will also get closure when they are older.

05/24/14

I have been on a journey of my own that after sitting dormant for 30 years, zoomed to closure the past 8 months. My sister in law recommended this film to me and I can't tell you how much it means to me. Life is often messy and complicated, but so full of possibilities. Thank you for making this touching film and I look forward to sharing it with my "new" birth sister. You are all lovely inside and out.

05/19/14

Angela, Thank you for sharing your intimate story with us. You are such a courageous, brave woman!
Bryan, What an awesome job you did capturing this time in your wife's life and bringing the viewer along for what was clearly an emotional journey.
Burt Family, How greatly you showed the redemptive love of God to your children and to us.
Deborah, You are a beautiful picture of how God answers secret prayers in His own time, in His own way.

God Bless you all!

05/01/14

A beautiful story told in a sensitive and respectful way. I loved the creativity in the storytelling, like showing a booking of the flight on the first trip to Chattanooga. The attention to detail was really neat. A very well done documentary

As an adoptive Mom, it was wonderful to see Angela take this journey. I hope it is one my son will get to make when he is old enough. Thank you Angela for sharing your courage with us. Watching the journey you took with your adoptive mom gave me much to think about. Such a gift.

04/28/14

Spectacular inspirational film. So much goodness! I watched in the middle of the night. I should have been sleeping, but I couldn't stop watching.

Thank you all for the gift of this story. It certainly kindled my faith.

04/28/14

As an adoptive mother and volunteer of an organization that helps reunite folks of the adoptive triad I am always surprised when people ask "Why would they want to find their biological family". This was a great documentary and I hope it will help educate people about adoptions and its many layers.

04/28/14

The film was very gripping and moving. I couldn't stop watching it! Thank you!

I am curious about how Sandy and Deborah related to each other...and were Na-Na and Angela and the 2 men full siblings? A few details were missing or maybe I just missed them.

Great music, too!

Will you make another movie, Bryan?

04/26/14

Wow! As an adoptee and also an adoptive mom I can relate to all the emotions that Angela and her mom experienced. It is especially comforting to know that I'm not alone in the strong desire I have to find my roots and just basic identity information that most people totally take for granted. Many of my friends and family don't understand why this search has been so important to me. I know they mean well and probably don't want to see me get hurt so they say things like "remember that God is your Father and that's what really matters" or "family is more than blood". Their lack of understanding makes me feel like something is wrong with me for wanting this so bad. Angela's story has made me feel a little less ashamed for looking at my birth mother's picture more times than I can count. Thank you for making this film. And thank you to Angela's husband and family for supporting her all along the way. What a gift you have given her.

04/26/14

Moved me forward in some way. As a teacher I work with special needs children and their families. I particularly appreciate your bringing the complexity of the issues to light in such an honest, respectful and loving way. Both moms, the husband, and extended family are role models of courage, kindness, open hearted and open mindedness.
Thank you. I want everyone I know to see this.

04/25/14

Just saw the last 25 minutes. Great show. As a child welfare professional I appreciate the honesty and the positive story. Both mom's are courageous women.

04/25/14

Just saw the last 25 minutes. Great show. As a child welfare professional I appreciate the honesty and the positive story. Both mom's are courageous women.

04/25/14

As an adoptive mother I truly loved seeing this beautiful film that so wonderfully defines what family truly is.

04/25/14

This was beautiful! I am an adoptee who also was blessed with an amazing family but have been interested in finding my birth mom, so this really touched me!

04/23/14

Wonderful story, touched my heart. I am happy for Kyle, for when he saw the goodness of his kin, his heart was touched

04/25/14

Thank you for watching, and for the kind words about Kyle. He's a good man :)

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