Mercy, Mercy

Director: 
Katrine Riis Kjaer
Cinematography: 
Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Morten Schultz, Katrine Kjær, Niels Thastum, Lars Skree
Sound: 
Micke Nyström
Editing: 
Morten Højbjerg
Production: 
Fridthjof Film Doc
Country: 
Duration: 
94Min
Year of production: 
2012
Movies language: 
Synopsis: 

An Ethiopian family that was found to be HIV-positive gives its two children to adoption to a Danish family. During four years, the director followed the consequences by entering into the most intimate experience of both the parents and the children. How the biological parents live with the guilt? Are the new parents prepared for the adoption of children coming from another culture? How can the children protect their identities in a different cultural context? Mercy Mercy is one of the deepest and most beautiful films about adoption. 

 

Awards

2013. Robert Festival. Danemark (Nominated - Robert - Best Documentary)

Bio Director: 

Katrine Riis Kjaer graduated as a multimedia designer. Since 1999, she has been directing a number of primetime nationwide documentaries, with huge audience success and followed by debates in a wide range of public media - e.g. For Børnenes Skyld (For the Sake of our Children). Parallel to this, she has worked on the TV series Felt Hospitalet (The Field Hospital). Mercy Mercy is her first feature length documentary.