Following the TV broadcast many audience members expressed interest in helping Andrey leave the special needs orphanage.
March 19, 2013
If you’ve seen the TV version of the film or a full feature, you will remember the most heartbreaking story of all, that of Andrey, who has been committed to an orphanage for the kids with developmental problems. Unfortunately for Andrey, Ukraine does not have special needs classes at normal public schools. The kids who require some extra help are sent away to boarding schools like the one where Andrey ended up. Even the principal of the boarding school admitted that Andrey does not have a learning disability. He does have some behavioral problems that the Ukrainian educational and medical systems are completely unable to deal with. Hence, for years Andrey has been imprisoned in this boarding school that can’t help him.
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For those who has seen the feature film version, you may remember the tragic ending of the documentary. Andrey describes what happened to him at the mental institution where he was sent, following an incident at the boarding school. It is impossible to imagine that children could be treated this way in the 21st century. For those familiar with the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, nurse Ratched is alive and is now living in Ukraine.
The only way to help Andrey is to get him out of the Ukraine, find him a loving host family and have him evaluated by medical professionals in the West (Europe or North America). There are a lot of obstacles to achieve this. We are not sure whether Andrey will be able to get a visa and be allowed to leave the boarding school. We have to find a host family that will be willing to deal with a child with behavioral problems for the summer. Andrey only speaks Russian and Ukrainian so the language barrier is an issue to deal with. At the same time, we have to try.
Many audience members want to help and we hope you are one of them. Please join the discussion on Facebook. Let us know if you have something to offer or know someone who could help us in the quest to find a home, treatment or any help for Andrey. If you are able, please:
About the film:
Documentary Family Portrait in Black and White introduces headstrong Olga Nenya, a foster-mother to 16 Ukrainian-African orphans struggling in a small village in racially charged Ukraine. Despite hardships caused by their lack of money and the racist attitudes of their compatriots, these abandoned kids function as a family under Olga’s relentless dictatorial guidance. The film offers deep insight into a fraught community surrounding this one-of-a-kind clan and into the passions, hopes and hardships of a unique self-made family. http://www.familyportraitthefilm.com/
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