Somewhere Between Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton
“Delicately wrought, deeply felt" Variety
In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, this deeply moving documentary from Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) 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.
Deleted and Extended Scenes; Interviews with Adoption Professionals; Theatrical Trailer; In English, Mandarin, and Spanish, with English Subtitles
Official Selection, Los Angeles International Film Festival
Winner, Hot Docs, Sundance Channel Audience Award
Winner, Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Milwaukee Film Festival