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Linda Goldstein Knowlton, 2011
USA | 88 minutes
Filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton in person!
Roughly 80,000 Chinese girls have been adopted in the United States from China since 1989, a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy. One such adoptive parent is filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton, who has crafted a deeply moving film about the many issues facing transcultural adoptions. The film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann and Fang. These 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?” Knowlton followed these young women for almost three years. We find them in their hometowns where some are as “all-American” as can be, yet each one has another life story to discover. As 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.