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My flesh and blood
Karsh, Jonathan.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burlington, VT : Docurama ; New York : Distributed by New Video, [2004]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
This deeply affecting film tells the inspiring story of Susan Tom, a single mother caring for 11 adopted special-needs children.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.

Special features: Filmmaker commentary; deleted scenes; additional interviews; follow-up interviews; behind-the-scenes; theatrical trailer; filmmaker biographies; resources; filmmaker statement.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
HV875.55 .M945 2004V Adult DVD Central Library

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Susan Tom of Fairfield, CA, is not a typical single mother -- Tom is the head of a family of 11 adopted children, all of whom are physically challenged or living with long-term illnesses. Tom and her special family are the subject of My Flesh and Blood, a documentary which examines the dynamic of this household, as well as the often demanding physical and emotional needs of the 11 kids and the heavy emotional burden Tom must sometimes carry as she looks after children who may not survive to adulthood. Produced for the HBO premium cable network, My Flesh and Blood was screened in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

This is the story of Susan Tom and the 11 children, all of whom have disabilities, who share her life. Over the course of a year, Tom, who is careful not to call herself a "supermom," and the children deal with the sheer logistics of such a large family and the complexities engendered by adoption, living with physical and mental disabilities, coping with mental illness, and negotiating life in a way that is straightforward and open. Director Karsh has done a wonderful job of portraying all of the children in such a way that you see their personalities ahead of their limitations. As a result, My Flesh and Blood is a refreshingly honest, compelling, and interesting video free of saccharine overtones. While strong language and its unflinching depiction might make this program inappropriate for younger audiences, it is recommended for mature high school students and very highly recommended for general adult collections and should be required viewing for teachers, social workers, or anyone likely to work with children with disabilities.-Courtney Deines-Jones, Grimalkin Group, LLC, Silver Spring, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.