I remember putting "Somewhere Between" (2011) on my IMDb watchlist assoon as I found it in the trailer gallery, but for some reasons Ididn't watch it until now. Now, more than an hour after the film'sfinished, I struggle to arrange my thoughts and I guess it has to dowith the fact that I'm also adopted from China (to Swedish adoptiveparents). The unsatisfying knowledge of never being able to get to knowmy biological parents has stuck with me for years but has almostdissolved. Watching Haley meet her biological parents was fascinating,and as Ann I felt a sting of envy. I guess what I want to say is thatI'm very happy to have watched "Somewhere Between" and it left mehopeful for the future. This is an important documentary everyoneshould see, adopted or not, as it deals with coming to terms with one'sidentity!
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US, in different kinds of families and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China because all four had birth parents who could not keep them, due to personal circumstances colliding with China's "One Child Policy". These strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come-of-age in today's America as trans-racial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical American teenagers doing what teenagers everywhere do...struggling to make sense of their lives. Through these young women, and their explorations of who they are, we ourselves pause to consider who we are - both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants. Identity, racism, and gender...these far-reaching issues are explored in the documentary. And with great honesty and courage, these four girls open their hearts to experience love, compassion, and self-acceptance.
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