April 14, 2013, @ 2:00 pm
(Linda Goldstein Knowlton, US 2011, 88 min.)
Member’s Movie! Rochester Premiere! In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) has created a deeply moving documentary illustrating 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—four teenagers are intimately followed in this film: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-aware-ness 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. Members admitted free.