Ask Us Who We Are


Language: English
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 75 minutes
Medium: DV-DVD-Master
Rights: Kingdom County Productions


Director: Bess O'Brien
Producer: Bess O'Brien
Editor: Scott Esmond
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


"Filmmaker Bess O’Brien’s Ask Us Who We Are is an inspiring tribute to the human spirit!" -Pulitzer Prize Journalist, David Moats, Rutland Herald

"In nearly two decades of making documentaries O’Brien has acquired a knack for getting people to talk about uncomfortable subjects. Her latest Ask Us Who We Are is a work of art, beautifully crafted." -Joseph Gresser, The Chronicle


Ask Us Who We Are is a documentary film focused on the challenges and extraordinary lives of youth in foster care. The film is a reflection on loss and the search for belonging and finding family. Although the film highlights the heartbreak that many foster care youth carry with them as they move through their lives, the documentary also reveals the tremendous strength and perseverance that grows out of their determination to survive and thrive.

The documentary also focuses on the lives of foster care parents and kinship families that open their homes to children. Through small and large acts of kindness these adults can change the course of children's lives and give them a sense of place if only for a brief time. In addition, the film highlights two parents who lose their children to the system and struggle to be reunited with them.

Ask Us Who We Are is about the search for home, community, and the transformative power of love in the midst of fractured and often broken lives. The film breaks open stereotypes and gives voice to those who are often not heard.