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2005



The Search for Tristan's Mum
Documentary, factual, current affairs 52
YEAR: 2005
DIRECTOR: Peter Kelly    
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PRODUCTION COMPANY: Esras Films Ltd.   
PRODUCER: Phelim McAleer         
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LOCATION: Indonesia
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Ireland was outraged when journalist Ann McElhinney reported how, as a newborn baby, Tristan Dowse was adopted by Irishman Joe Dowse and his Azeri wife Lala. For two years he was part of the Dowse family living a priviliged life in Jakarta , an Irish passport holder and citizen. When Lala became pregnant, Joe returned Tristan, to an orphanage.

This groundbreaking documentary about Tristan Dowse, an Irish child, illegally adopted and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage followed Ann McElhinney to Indonesia to try and find Suryani, his natural mother. McElhinney’s investigation exposed a baby selling network and also raised disturbing questions about international adoption.





 
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