Two - The Story Of Roman & Nyro
"Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro" is the tale of how legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his partner of more than twenty years, Curtis Shaw, came to be the parents of twin boys, Roman and Nyro.
The documentary, directed by Heather Winter, weaves about twelve years of footage, old family photos, and interviews with the twins, Desmond, Curtis, surrogate mother Angela, and relatives, to tell the story of this special family.
This film explores what makes a family, from the roles that defy gender, the relationship with their surrogate, the three sets of grandparents, to these gay dads’ own childhoods. It’s an emotional and spiritual journey that created this family, and that’s clear in some scenes where Angela is exploring her mixed-up feelings about giving these boys life, but not being their mother.
This film also serves as a witness to history, including same-sex marriage in California being banned on the day Desmond and Curtis, with their boys in tow, arrived in San Francisco to get married. Gay marriage and parenting are current civil rights issues, and this film speaks for their legalization.
Roman and Nyro realize their family is different, but since they know nothing else and they’re happy, it’s just the way it was meant to be. They say, "It doesn’t matter if the government doesn’t like us, because we like us."
This documentary proves that same-gender parents are capable of being good role models. Jon Bon Jovi, for whom Desmond wrote "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin’ on a Prayer," is godfather to the boys and appears in the film, as does Deepak Chopra, who also has a relationship with the men.
"Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro" is about all types of love -- Desmond and Curtis’ love for one another, their love and gratitude for Angela, their families’ love for their kids. The bottom line: All families are different, but what they all require is love.