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Finding Banni  

1 x 60' 


When Colm Flynn’s family fostered a little boy with disabilities from Belarus, they fell in love with him but attempts to adopt him failed. In this documentary Colm goes on a personal journey to discover why Banni was taken back and what happened to his almost little brother.

The Flynns had fostered Banni for a year and half and, although he had become part of the family, the Belarusian authorities vetoed their attempts to keep him and Banni had to return to the special needs orphanage from where he came.

Banni was one of the many children abandoned by their families in the years after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and put into orphanages dotted all over Belarus, institutionalised in facilities with awful conditions.

In this very personal and moving documentary Colm, determined to find him, travels to Minsk to track down Banni to find out how he’s doing now and what the future holds for him. He also travels to nearby Chernobyl to see first-hand the fallout that impacted on Banni and, ultimately, on his family.

Production Company:
A MOON TV PRODUCTION FOR RTÉ