With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean-Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known. She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. OFF AND RUNNING follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.
JFI is pleased to announce the second Talk Amongst Yourselves program, an ongoing film and conversation series in partnership with ITVS featuring a panel discussion co-presented by Be'chol Lashon and Jewish Learning Works on questions of race and identity raised by Joel Katz's extraordinary personal documentary White: A Memoir in Color (SFJFF 2012).