Kids School Adults on What Divorce is Really Like in Documentary Film

Kids’ candid views on divorce make for a powerful documentary by filmmaker Ellen Bruno

“Here’s a perfect family…the mom and dad love each other and they eat pancakes every day. But that will never happen in the world. No one’s perfect. Nothing’s perfect.” So says a young boy in the trailer for the new documentary film, Split.

Filmmaker and social activist Ellen Bruno, who was a child of divorce, interviews 12 children between the ages 6-12 in this poignant and affecting take on what nearly half of U.S. children will experience. The candid portraits are transitioned by a music box score and kids’ drawings that become magical animated sequences in the film. My understanding of the film is limited to the clip that’s embedded below, since Bruno and her creative team have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund the film to completion.

As a divorced kid raised in the age of divorce(80s), I’m all in on this one. As kids, we didn’t talk about it, even though most of my friends were divorced and the ones whose parents weren’t, should have been. For parents in a troubled state, this film could be a great aide in helping your kid understand what’s happening and why, questions all kids have but few kids ask. Here’s the link to the trailer.

About Robert Duffer

Robert Duffer ( is the editor of the Dads & Families section of The Good Men Project. Winner of the Chicago Public Library's writing contest, his work appears in the Chicago Tribune, MAKE Magazine, Chicago Reader, Curbside Splendor, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Public Radio, Annalemma, New City, and other coffee-table favorites like Canadian Builders Quarterly. He teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and lives in the suburbs with his wife, two kids, and their minivan. Follow @DufferRobert, Google+, facebook.


  1. I really enjoyed watching ” Split “and hearing the words if children. Moving and beautiful & I look toward to seeing the finished product.


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