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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.
I'm the father of an adopted girl from China who is now in college.
It was a phenomenally well made movie with the stories of the journeys of identity, family and love of some young girls/women adopted from China.
I did cry from the moment it started to the moment it ended, each time I watched it but it was happy and sad tears.
I got the movie out of curiosity just to learn something rather than watching some mindless
insignificant movie and I am really glad I did. Read more
This is a wonderful documentary which I hope will help my adopted Chinese daughter process her earlier life experiences and enable her to live successfully in her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Gehret
Fantastic film worthwhile whether you have been touched by adoption. Or not.Published 3 months ago by NM Reader
This was touching and shows that every girl reacts differently.Published 5 months ago by Venita DeHaven
This documentary gets at the heart of so many diverse issues. Adoption, mixed families, American society, teenage-hood, rural Chinese culture, gender discrimination, stereotyping,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TrishTrish
LOVED IT! It was so eye-opening. You see the large amounts of children adopted from various countries and this is a nice glimpse into both sides of the experience.Published 5 months ago by lalapreachin
I really enjoyed this video as a mother to 2 girls from China. It made me cry - very touching. I will allow my 17 year old to watch, but it's a bit heartbreaking yet for my 12... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mom of 2
My granddaughter requested this movie as a gift. Though I haven't watched it, she loves it so much I probably WILL!Published 6 months ago by jaxilyn