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My Flesh and Blood -- Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.


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Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Tom ... Himself
Faith Tom ... Herself
Joe Tom ... Himself
Margaret Tom ... Herself
Susan Tom ... Herself
Xenia Tom ... Herself

Directed by
Jonathan Karsh 
Produced by
Jennifer Chaiken .... producer
Original Music by
B. Quincy Griffin 
Hector H. Perez 
Cinematography by
Amanda Micheli 
Film Editing by
Eli Olson 
Sound Department
Craig Burton .... production sound mixer
Monroe Cummings .... additional production sound
Andrea Gard .... sound designer (as Andrea S. Gard)
Andrea Gard .... supervising sound editor (as Andrea S. Gard)
Lora Hirschberg .... sound editor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Matty Nematollahi .... additional production sound
Visual Effects by
Aaron Rhodes .... magic bullet colorist
Matt Silverman .... main title design
Camera and Electrical Department
Jigar Mehta .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
Marc Sadeghi .... post-production executive
Other crew
Yvette Memory .... magic bullet producer
Lauryn Siegel .... production assistant
Carol Hyman .... thanks

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According to 'Susan Tom', the film shows her son Joe on his best behavior.See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Heart-breaking and amazing...., 24 November 2006
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

Susan Tom is a truly amazing person, as are the children in this documentary. Jonathan Karsh is to be commended for directing this documentary.

Each child has been through different medical illnesses and disabilities. We see Joe, who goes through attention seeking behavior, and the social worker who attempts to work with him. Also his biological mother, her issues, and her drug addiction. This is only one story of the many. Anthony with his skin disease; Faith with third degree burns. Xenia, a paraplegic, with an amazing spirit, and lust for life.

Interesting is the scene where Susan's parents visit, and can only stay for a short time, feeling it is too much to take. They note that Susan used to work in a hospital as an R.N., and was always taking care of others. She is truly a blessed person.

It is amazing to see how different people deal with hardship. A film like this forces people to look within, and see their own reactions, analyze how they have treated others. Susan Tom, adoptive mother of these special needs children, is an amazingly strong person who has given these children hope, a home, and love they may never have had. I have never seen such a documentary as this, and hope Jonathan Karsh will produce more of these.9/10.

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