Ruckel attends Romanian premiere of ‘The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman’ – and heads back to the U.S.

Ruckel ends two years' service with successful event

On January 10th, Izidor Ruckel attended the Romanian premiere of The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman in Bucharest. The event, held in Cinema Pro’s largest theater, drew over 400 people, including journalists, social workers, NGO representatives, and Romanian adoptive parents.

Attendees flocked to watch the mini-series’ third episode, called “The Power of Love.”  Subtitled in Romanian, the show featured Morgan Freeman interviewing Ruckel about his life as a Romanian orphan and his subsequent adoption by an American family. Freeman also interviewed Ruckel’s parents, Danny and Marlys Ruckel, who shared about trying to reach into Izidor’s broken heart.

Alexandra Cadar-Lumei traveled all the way from Sighetu Marmației, the northern city where Ruckel’s orphanage was located, to attend the premiere. Cadar-Lumei is the superior councilor at the Department of Social Services and said the evening was “beautiful.”

Ruckel and Cadar-Lumei
Ruckel and Cadar-Lumei

“I once again had the certainty that the power of love would never make you feel small… incapable... Ugly.... weak.... worthless,” Cadar-Lumei posted on Facebook.

Ruckel conducted a press conference after the viewing. Many Journalists and other audience members asked about Romania’s current state of orphan care. Ruckel invited several child welfare specialists onto the stage to assist in answering questions.

The panel noted that although Romania is closing large orphanages, smaller orphanages are replacing them where children are still cared for by a rotating staff.

“This approach misses the point as it fails to provide families for these children,” said Liviu Mihăileanu, president of Romania Without Orphans Alliance.

Mihăileanu discussed ongoing legislative initiatives that could help speed up the in-country adoption process: lowering the number of relatives sought from the 4th degree, which includes great-great-grandparents, introducing sanctions for not respecting the deadlines in declaring a child adoptable, lowering the number of migrations within the system, and allowing accredited private organizations be more involved.

Ruckel was pleased at the audience’s engagement.

“They seemed to truly be interested in improving the current child welfare system,” Ruckel said. “They were asking what they could do to help. That was encouraging because stepping out and getting involved it what makes the changes happen.”

Photo by Mihai Popa
Photo by Mihai Popa

Several media outlets attended the premiere, including Antenna 3, DIGI 24 and A7 TV. In addition, staff from the La Măruță show came to show their support to Ruckel. Ruckel worked with the La Măruță show for two years, facilitating adoptee reunions with their birth families. The next day, Ruckel made a final appearance on the La Măruță show.

Ruckel now heads home to Denver, Colorado, after spending twenty-two months serving in Romania at Love Light Romania, a non-profit dedicated to providing support services to children, teenagers & families affected by HIV/AIDS. Ruckel worked as a teen mentor.

“I’m grateful for the two years I got to spend in my home country. Serving the last two years in Romania changed me. My Romanian language skills are now much better, and I am more motivated than ever to help orphans get the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Ruckel said he will now focus on getting his autobiography turned into a mini-series. Through the project, called Izidor, Ruckel said he hopes to educate and inspire the world about the power of taking a risk on behalf of others.

“To whom much is given, much is expected,” Ruckel said. “We all have something to give.”

Izidor Ruckel intervievat de Morgan Freeman pentru un serial de televiziune


Izidor Ruckel intervievat de Morgan Freeman pentru un serial de televiziune
"Povestea noastră" cu Morgan Freeman evidențiază puterea dragostei prin povestea lui Izidor Ruckel.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., 2 Octombrie, 2017 – Morgan Freeman la intervievat pe Ruckel pentru un documentar ce face parte dintr-un serial, ce are șase părți, intitulat "Povestea noastră", ce va avea premiera in USA, pe canalul National Geographic, pe 11 Octombrie la 9:00pm, coasta de est, sau 8:00pm, zona centrală. Documentarul va fi difuzat internațional în 171 de țări și 45 de limbi, la începutul lui 2018. Unul din episoade, care discută importanța dragostei, și include povestea de viață a lui Ruckel, va fi difuzat pe 25 octombrie 2017.

Los Angeles - Host Morgan Freeman meets with Izidor Ruckel who discusses his horrific experience living in a Romanian orphanage as a child. (National Geographic/Justin Lubin)

Serialul îl însoțește pe Freeman într-o călătorie prin lume, investigând idei care unesc umanitatea.

În iunie, Freeman s-a întâlnit cu Ruckel în Los Angeles pentru a afla cum acea lipsă din copilărie, a dragostei de familie, l-a format odată ajuns la maturitate. Ruckel și-a petrecut primii unsprezece ani din viață într-un orfelinat din România, cu condiții extrem de dure, destinat copiilor irecuperabili, unde lipsa de mâncare și bătăile frecvente i-au împiedicat dezvoltarea fizică și emoțională.

Freeman a stat de vorbă și cu părinții adoptivi,  Danny și Marlys Ruckel, despre încercarea lor de a recupera un asemenea copil prin puterea dragostei.

“Morgan Freeman a fost cu adevărat  curios să vadă cum a putut dragostea să aibe un impact asupra cuiva care a fost închis atâția ani" spune Ruckel. "Am putut vedea, în timpul interviului, cum povestea mea, despre orfelinat, pe care o asculta, l-a șocat și i-a deschis ochii."

(National Geographic/Justin Lubin)

Urmăriți "Povestea noastră" pe 25 octombrie pentru  pentru a vedea impactul unei singure persoane care i-a arătat dragoste lui Izidor în mijlocul unei copilării terifiante. Pentru a găsi Canalul National Geographic în țara voastră, vizitați

Izidor Ruckel este acum o voce pentru orfani, care încearcă să aducă speranță și demnitate copiilor care încă suferă, oriunde în lume.  Pentru a afla mai multe detalii vizitați