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IZIDOR limited series begins pre-production!

The time has come! I never could have imagined this when I was ten.

Izidor looks out the window at his old orphanage in 2015.

Back then, I remember staring out the orphanage window for hours at a time, wondering if there was anything beyond that barbed wire-lined wall around the building. Thirty years later, that memory still haunts me as I think about the children today who are still stuck in places like that, surviving on scraps of food and trying to avoid beatings for sometimes doing nothing more than breathing. Children deserve better. That’s what motivates me to keep telling my story, as loud and clear as I can.

With your help, we can advocate for orphans around the globe. That’s the power of storytelling.

And that's why I’m very pleased to announce we have begun pre-production on IZIDOR, a limited series (miniseries) based on my life story. We started a fundraising campaign for initial production costs, and I’m hoping you will help us out!

To update you, here’s several new developments:

  • IZIDOR will be told in a live action narrative format that also incorporates dramatic animation. We are excited about how this new development brings more depth and clarity to the project.
  • We recently partnered with Dave Kabbe of Culture Shock Productions. His experience and passion for telling stories about human rights issues led him to us, and we are happy to have Dave on our team.
  • We’ve also partnered with The Film Collaborative, a non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers. That means our project can receive tax deductible donations through The Film Collaborative!

Now is an especially great time to give. Thanks to the CARES Act, from now through Dec. 31, 2020, the IRS has lifted all tax deduction limits!

For more information on the CARES Act, click here.

Our first goal is to raise $100,000 to secure a professional production team and resources to bring this story to the world.

CLICK HERE to give your tax-deductible donation now! Your gift of $50, $100 or $500 would be greatly appreciated. 

The more awareness we can bring to the world about the ongoing struggles of orphans, the more we can change the world for good. Imagine a world where all children are treated with dignity, live in an environment of love, and have hope for the future. Then and only then can I say the pain I endured was worth it all.

You are not alone,


If you are interested in donating a more significant amount, please contact us directly.

Izidor Ruckel reveals new film on live radio show

Izidor Ruckel and his manager, Sarah Padbury, participated in a two-hour radio interview on the Stacy Petty Show on Friday, Aug. 7. The live broadcast is a daily show on 1310 KFKA, a news talk AM radio station, based in Greeley, Colo., within reach of one million listeners across northern Colorado.

Sarah Padbury, Stacy Petty and Izidor Ruckel in studio at 1310 KFKA talk radio.
Sarah Padbury, Stacy Petty and Izidor Ruckel in studio at 1310 KFKA talk radio.

Petty interviewed the duo about several issues surrounding adoption. Ruckel described his experience growing up in a horrific Romanian orphanage before he was adopted by an American family at age 11. Padbury, an adoption advocate, talked about her life as the mother of six adopted children. Together they are working on turning Ruckel's life story into a feature film, called Izidor.

Izidor Ruckel on Stacy Petty ShowThe film follows Ruckel and eight of his orphanage friends when they are discovered in 1990 by American media after the fall of Communism in Romania. It also portrays several adults, both Romanian and American, who chose to risk their own lives on behalf of the orphans, convinced that their lives were worth saving.

Ruckel concluded the interview by revealing he hopes the movie will not only inspire audiences to get involved in orphan care, but hopes it will change history for today's orphans still imprisoned in institutions.

"If I were to die, I'd like to finish one legacy," Ruckel said. "Let me make history with this movie... to ensure that this history does not happen again - not only in Romania, but all across the world."

Listen to the radio interview (2 links):

Stacy Petty Show — part 1

Stacy Petty Show — part 2


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