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In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, this deeply moving documentary from Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989 a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann and Fang.
These four wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, "Who am I?" They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.
Very important stories. It moved my daughter, adopted from China over 19 years ago, to tears.Published 2 months ago by C. Benbassat
Amazing 1st hand insight to what the adoptees actually go through.Published 4 months ago by ArmyAviation
Wonderful overall with many families followed who adopted from China with language and cultural changes and even one person who believes international adoption should stop. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Doget
Beautiful film, beautiful girls, a must-see for anyone who has been in the foster care system or been through the adoption process.Published 8 months ago by Cassie Stevens
A must see movie, detailing the lives of four adoptees, from various parts of the USA. It touches upon the most sensitive, yet meaningful discussion that must be had by anyone... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ming Foxweldon
Really well done documentary. My family (including adopted teen daughter from China ) was in tears -and it sparked some profound discussion!Published 8 months ago by Jane L. Taylor
A must have for anyone considering adoption or who have adopted a child, especially from China.Published 8 months ago by Donald D. Farra
Fascinating and says so much about the hard choices families sometimes have to make, the importance of knowing where we are from, the importance of feeling like we belong and the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by blaze