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Presented by Ming Foxweldon
The Event Program
- Movie presentation of Somewhere Between
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 selfawareness
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.
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- Discussion Following the Film
Somewhere Between, a story about four girls adopted from China, raised in different parts of America. Their lives described allows the viewer to understand transracial adoption through four different lens, what it means to be part of a family, adolescence, identity, and the experiences of growing up in America. A phenomenal film worth watching and being enlightened about the realities of being raised in a family in America.