Chicago, IL – When Focus Features approached Adoptees For Justice (A4J) regarding the film Blue Bayou in the Spring of 2020, the board and staff of Adoptees For Justice were fully aware that Adam Crapser had been approached by Justin Chon regarding Blue Bayou and had not given his consent to have his story told in or be connected with the film.
It was not until September of 2021, after being invited by Focus Features to screen Blue Bayou, that Adoptees for Justice became aware that Adam’s story was being depicted in the film without his consent, and that the film lacked a call to action for the Adoptee Citizenship Act. A4J reached out directly to Justin Chon and Focus Films to share our concerns regarding the film, and subsequently issued a public statement on September 21, 2021.
We hope adoptees without citizenship can understand that A4J’s recent statement regarding Blue Bayou is not in any way a reflection of our care or concern for all adoptees without citizenship. Rather, this is an action we would take to advocate for any member of our community in a similar situation.
We await a formal response from Justin Chon and Focus Features to our prior statement issued, and call again upon Justin Chon and Focus Films to take action to both lessen the harm caused by their film and to help secure relief for adoptees without citizenship. Here are our demands:
- Justin should meet with Adam and issue a public apology for the harm caused by Blue Bayou.
- Justin and Focus Features must include a slide at the end of the film with a direct call to action to contact Congress and urge them to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act.
- Profits should go to the community that has been impacted; all profit made from the film should be donated to impacted adoptees without citizenship.
We continue to wait for a response from Justin Chon and Focus Features.
– Adoptees for Justice