Two Men and Two Babies

Two Men and Two Babies

Australia, 2007, 52 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Gay, Health / Medicine, Parenting / Family
Program: Documentary
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Emma Crimmings

What defines a family? What are the options for same-sex couples who want children? How do different societies deal with gay parenting? These fascinating documentaries delve directly into the heart of what it means to be a gay mom or dad.
Two Men and Two Babies tells the story of Tony and Lee, who want a baby but are forced to look outside their home country of Australia, where paid surrogacy is illegal. They journey to the U.S. — where the fertility industry is a billion-dollar business — find the right mom and witness the birth of their son, Alexander, and, five years later, have a daughter from the same surrogate. Through interviews and family footage, director Emma Crimmings captures how the couple handles the everyday emotional roller coaster of parenting and a society that’s not sure what to make of a family with two dads.
Despite Canada’s reputation as socially progressive, adoption by same-sex couples was only recently legalized, and many couples still face harsh opposition.

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