If you live in Orange County and have an interest in adoption, check out this documentary screening of Somewhere Between. The trailer is below. It looks like a fascinating exploration of international adoption and I’m excited to go. If you attend, please say hi! (You can sign up for tickets here. They are $10.)
in Tustin, CA at AMC Tustin 14
In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET) deeply moving documentary 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. *A note to parents: Due to the sensitive subject matter, this film is not recommended for ages 13 and under.