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POV: Off And Running

Airs Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Avery Klein-Cloud, a track star with a bright future in the POV documentary "Off and Running."

"Off And Running" is the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican, and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may look atypical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother. The response throws her into crisis.

She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. When it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity.

A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary|POV and the Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Director/producer: Nicole Opper.

"Off And Running" will be available for online viewing through December 7, 2010.

Video

Interview with Avery Klein-Cloud

Above: Avery Klein-Cloud, the subject of the P.O.V. documentary "Off And Running," gives us an insight into her life -- and the film. The film tells the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery's household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her "true" identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture.