Tucked away in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the campus of the state’s flagship university, a young unmarried couple gave birth to a child in 1968. The future of days old Richard seemed uncertain. His first days of life quickly unraveled.
Unable to care for the newborn, the young woman gave her son up for adoption, and the state sealed all the transactional records. Fast forward to Christmas 2017 when Richard was given a 23andMe DNA kit. An instant boost of self-discovery was injected into his life.
"Fifty-Fifty" (a Tribeca Studios collaboration) tells the story of 50-year-old Las Vegas resident Richard Bodager on a journey towards both new found identity and belonging as he travels to Europe to meet his paternal stepsister for the first time and the ultimate fifty-year reunion – the warm and emotional embrace of his birth mom.