Come Find Me made its television debut with a premiere on Maryland Public Television, a regional PBS network broadcast area that covers nearly all of Maryland, plus Washington, D.C. and parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The film will also be streaming on PBS.org, available throughout the United States and Canada. The broadcast premiere was March 18th, with multiple additional broadcasts planned in the coming months. This follows a successful festival run with showings at many film festivals around the world, among them Visions du Reel, SEEfest Los Angeles, and Astra Film Festival.
After the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989, the world discovered more than 100,000 children living in Romanian orphanages. Many were not orphans, but the result of the country’s ban on abortion and contraceptives. Come Find Me tells the story of one of those children, Nori, as she travels from her adopted American home to find the family she lost almost 30 years prior.
The film follows-up on a story that received worldwide recognition in the early 1990’s. Beginning with a 20/20 feature story that revealed the shocking conditions of Romanian orphanages to the world, millions were captivated by the plight of these children. So significant was this story is that it reframed the narrative of post-Communist Romania.
Come Find Me picks up the story nearly 30 years later, with children raised in America but never quite healed from their traumatic origins and looking to find their roots in a country that has transformed significantly but still never quite healed from the Communist regime that ruled for nearly 50 years. The film speaks to universal themes of identity and family, as Nori is torn between two worlds — her privileged American upbringing vs. that of a discriminated and impoverished minority, the Roma (‘Gypsies’).