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Synopsis

When a couple is going through a divorce, they can forget how much it affects their kids. Moving, insightful and often funny, DONT DIVORCE ME! KIDS RULES FOR PARENTS ON DIVORCE addresses this important subject, allowing kids to offer dos and donts parents should follow and providing a valuable tool for families struggling to find their way. From executive producer Rosie ODonnell (HBOs A Family Is a Family Is a Family) and Emmy®-winning director Amy Schatz (HBOs Classical Baby), the tender, heartfelt documentary debuts on HBO.

When thinking about divorce, a childs perspective can often be left out of the equation, notes executive producer Rosie ODonnell. This film puts these kids front and center, advocating on their behalf. DONT DIVORCE ME! will help remind parents and children alike that at the end of the day, we must respect and listen to one another.

Ranging in age from five to ten, more than two dozen children candidly share their innermost feelings, displaying surprising maturity. DONT DIVORCE ME! weaves together interviews, drawings, songs, photos and handwritten rules for parents on how to make divorce a little easier on kids. Included in these rules are such heartfelt statements as Tell me its not my fault, Dont put me in the middle, Dont take your anger out on me and\ Respect my feelings. These young children tell their stories to remind parents that divorce  and the resulting splitting of time, home and family  is hard on them, but there are ways to make things better.

Acknowledging that life is not always a fairy tale, happily ever after, Olive, a nine-year-old whose parents have moved on with new partners, remarks that its difficult to find a big bright side in divorce, but you will find it if you look hard.

Sad little boy

The film includes original music from the Grammy-winning band The Roots and singer-songwriter Mossi, as well as composer Andrew Hollander (Sleepwalk with Me). In addition, DONT DIVORCE ME! features two original songs composed by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer, Bella, age ten, and Lili, age eight, entitled Its Okay to Cry and Take It from Me.

Amy Schatzs previous HBO credits include the Emmy® winners A Childs Garden of Poetry, Classical Baby, Through a Childs Eyes: September 11, 2011 and Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales, as well as A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie ODonnell Celebration. Overall, she has received seven Emmy® Awards, four Directors Guild awards and three Peabody Awards, among other honors.

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DONT DIVORCE ME! KIDS RULES FOR PARENTS ON DIVORCE is directed and produced by Amy Schatz; edited by Tom Patterson; producers, Sabina Barach and Beth Levison; directors of photography, Alex Rappoport and Joel Shapiro; music supervisor, Linda Cohen; original music by The Roots & Mossi, Andrew Hollander and Brady Rymer; production executive, Susan Benaroya; supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producers, Rosie O'Donnell and Sheila Nevins.

Daddy and daughter

Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules for Parents on Divorce