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photo The Andre Show
By Beverly Peterson

"Most of my friends and family couldn't understand why I would adopt a child who would soon die. I couldn't understand what their problem was. For me it was the most natural thing in the world." Beverly Peterson

In this poignant documentary, filmmaker Beverly Peterson and her adopted son Andre share the story of an extraordinary friendship. Despite living with HIV from birth and experiencing poverty, deprivation, and the loss of his mother, this remarkable young boy chose to face life head-on, fiercely determined to take control of his destiny and make sense of it all. Much of the story is told through Andre's own video diaries and drawings, as he comes to terms with the physical and emotional challenges of his short yet intense life, and the struggles to create the family he had always wanted.

DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.

43 minutes
© 1997
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-247
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-991-6
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Reviews
"Filmmaker Beverly Peterson manages to suggest that life can still be joyously worth living, no matter how brief." International Documentary

"This video program poignantly chronicles the emotional and physical complexities surrounding the last years of Andre's life. It succeeds admirably." Video Librarian

Awards & Conference Screenings
Best Documentary, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, Big Muddy Film Festival
First Prize, Charlotte Film & Video Festival
Silver Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival
Bronze, New York EXPO of Short Film & Video
American Psychiatric Association

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