National Geographic - China's Lost Girls
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I personally enjoyed it as an adoptive father of a girl born in China. In fact we met our daughter for the very first time in the exact same room shown on this video in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. How could I not like this?
They did a much better editing job on their footage than I did on my footage!! But I still like my video better :)
Especially moving to me is the mother who puts up a poster proclaiming to whoever might see it (hopefully the birth mother) that the girl she adopted is doing fine. Then a discussion ensues with local people. I wish I could find my daughter's birth mother.
Also moving is the footage of the foster mother sobbing because the adoptive mother did not bring the girl to see her one last time. I understand why the new mother didn't bring her - it would have been VERY painful one more time for her daughter - but it made me think of the kind looking woman who raised our daughter for the first year of her life. We have a few pictures of her and my daughter but were unable to meet her or to contact her - still to this day.
They could have added so much more, as the first reviewer said, but for what it is - it is good. Kind of glossy and feel good and cable channel quality - but still good - it does in fact hit the painful issues of previous mothers and the problem of the lack of girls in China and what that will mean in the near future for Chinese society.
Some of my fellow adopters had strong feelings about parts of the movie - the footage of the foster mother in particular. But, I don't remember their points well and would not want to speak for them.Read more ›
I could argue pro's and con's with the other reviewers about some of the faults they found in the program--and it certainly isn't a perfect product--but I think the producers did a very good job within the constraints of the medium and time alloted. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is interested in the subject of adoption from China.
I agree with the one reviewer that this is not only information for those adopting but for anyone who wants to know more of the crisis facing female born children (and women in general) in China, due to the laws limiting the amount of children on can have and the desire to have that one child be a boy to ensure that the parents will be taken care of in old age (girls marry into their husbands families and care for their in-laws). In many area's if the child is female, they will go to great lengths to "get rid of" the child. The only humane method is abandonment (which is highly illegal), in which at least the child has a chance of being found and taken to a local orphanage. Many people I've spoken with about the subject state something to the effect of, "aren't women not valued as much as men over there?", not fully knowing the gravity of the plight of newborn females. Although this documentary doesn't get into the "other methods" of how the Chinese people deal with their unwanted female children, I don't think the intended subect was anything other than the growing imbalance of male/female ratio's and international adoption of these unwanted girls.
With all that said, I have found this DVD to be invaluable in helping me envision my trip to China that will be one day. My husband said jsut lastnight that I'm going to "wear a hole" in the disc if I keep playing it as much as I do (about 6 times in the past month so far! lol...). It was a very well done and we plan on showing it to all of our extended family to help them understand that even though we are able to conceive biological children, our heart is in China...
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Love this- I show it to my high school students every year so they can see what's going on in China. I get emotional every time I see the parents receive their new adopted child!Published 8 months ago by Sylvia M
This precious documentary sustained my husband and me for approx. 2 years as we waited for our daughter. I watched it easily 20 times and I never tire of it, even today. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GaMountainGirl
Excellent documentary of several families' journey to China to bring their adopted children home. Includes educated glimpses into the cultural challenges and way of life that make... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sasa
This is a wonderfully insightful documentary about how China's gender birthing beliefs between the traditional male-favored child for family support, and the less-favored female... Read morePublished 23 months ago by LAVERN J. DE WILDE
What a story. So informative. The girls are amazing. Although so many of them reach their potential in America, they still wonder why they were given up.Published on June 17, 2013 by T.B.
This DVD was informative. I believe it needs an updated version but it was simple and forward. The girls sharing their stories were precious. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by KC
As a adoptive mother of two girls from China, I found this video to be informative and interesting. Lisa Ling presented a good overview of the process, the emotional highs and... Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by E. Christensen