Join us for this important documentary premiere of STUCK on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00pm at the AMC Boston Commons 19 theater.  Panel discussion to follow.  Tickets are available at

A local waiting parent wrote to us “The group ‘Both Ends Burning’ is bringing its documentary, STUCK, to Boston next week. The award-winning film reveals the challenges faced by birth parents, orphans, and prospective adoptive parents mired in the international adoption system – a journey my family knows all too well. STUCK follows four children on their individual journeys from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the U.S.  It’s both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.   “…My son’s orphanage in Guatemala is spotlighted in the film; perhaps members would recognize their former orphanages as well.” 

STUCK – A new film
(press release for the screening:)

 A powerful, new award-winning film revealing the real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller-coaster of bureaucracy and politics on their journeys through international adoption, premieres in Boston on May 7 at 7 p.m. at Loew’s AMC Boston Commons 19 Cinema (175 Tremont Street).  

STUCK is on a nationwide barnstorming tour of 60 U.S. cities in 78 days.  The new film, produced by Both Ends Burning and directed by Thaddaeus Scheel, follows four orphans from different parts of the world on their voyages from orphanages to their families in the United States. Through the lens of these personal stories, the film asks how the global community can safeguard these children while answering their need to move from institutions into loving homes and a normal life.

More than 10 million children live behind locked gates in orphanages around the world. Over the past few years, international adoption has declined by 60 percent and the process takes an average of more than
3 – 5 years to complete, leaving many children to languish in institutions for life.  

Elizabeth Bartholet, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program calls these declining numbers “a devastating human rights tragedy.” “And it’s a tragedy that is the product of deliberate policy-making. There are huge numbers of prospective parents eager to provide these children with families. Policy-makers, including UNICEF,  are deliberately shutting down international adoption. We need to call on policy-makers, including the U.S. government, to turn this around, and to affirmatively embrace international adoption as an option for
orphaned children.”

A panel discussion will follow the Boston premiere, featuring Craig Juntunan, executive film Producer, together with renowned adoption and medical experts including Dr. Charles Nelson, Director of Developmental Medicine at Harvard Medical School.