“Far from the Tree” Doc on Family Challenges Available January 8 from IFC Films

Viewers will witness the courage of compassion through the eyes of parents journeying toward acceptance of their one-of-a-kind kids with the release of Far from the Tree (DVD: $24.98) on January 8 from IFC. Based on The New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon, the film provides an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children who society deems “abnormal,” including a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose deep love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime. Tracing their joys, challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, filmmaker Rachel Dretzin’s Far from the Tree invites viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.”