Saw a wonderful documentary yesterday: Somewhere Between. I’d been hearing the buzz about it in our adoption community for a while now and was hoping to make it.
Jenna, Haley, Ann, and Fang (Jenni) now live in different parts of the country and were raised in very different households. I so appreciated being able to follow these poised, honest, well-spoken girls on their different journeys of self discovery and explorations of family, adoption, culture, and background.
Bottom line: I loved the film and I’m sure will be processing the information in it for quite a while. I also think it will be incredibly valuable for our daughters to see when they get older.
It wasn’t an easy, “light” film to watch (went through a few Kleenex, as expected), but it was honest, emotional, and oh-so-powerful. As an adoptive mom, I was riveted by the views of the Chinese birthparents and the unvarnished translations of their answers to pointed questions.
Bravo to director Linda Goldstein Knowlton who stayed true to the girls’ stories, and also to the four young women who share their lives with us.
Somewhere Between is playing in San Francisco and Berkeley this week and has screenings around the country (check the web site for details). For this particular screening, Director Linda and one of the girls Fang answered questions after the film (the Q&A was so great) and then I got to speak briefly with them afterwards and thank them for their work.
If you’re an adoptive parent, don't miss it. Seriously.
* If it’s not coming to your area, it will be on DVD in early 2013 (I’ll put a note on this blog when it’s available) or there’s information on the website about how you can lobby for your area. Thank you to Ginny for these pictures.