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—the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley (a Nashvillian), 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.
Link to Belcourt site and trailer: http://www.belcourt.org/events/somewhere-between.478809
Following both screenings, Linda Goldstein Knowlton (director) and Haley Butler (one of the film’s subjects) will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
“A delicately wrought, deeply felt docu-profile of four teenage girls who differ in background and aspirations, but share one life-defining factor: All are Chinese adoptees, and all are trying to come to terms with that fact as they navigate the already perilous waters of American adolescence.” – John Anderson, Variety
Dinner at Fido's first for those interested. I'll be at Fido's at 6:30 p.m. It's across from Boscos and Sam's.
If you have not been to The Belcourt before, you need to get a parking ticket for your vehicle from the machine by the sidewalk or you may be ticketed by security as non-Belcourt attendees using The Belcourt parking lot pay a parking charge. You will need the code for the parking machine. It can be obtained when you buy your ticket on site from the ticket. It is also printed on your ticket if you buy it online.
Derek will be in the lobby at 7:25 p.m. until the previews start. If you don't spot us, call or text me at[masked]-4756. I'll come out to the lobby and show you where we are sitting at. - which is usually the back of the theatre unless it has subtitles.