JURY PRIZE BEST DOCUMENTARY - Milwaukee International Film Festival | PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD - Hot DocsAsian • Asian American • Adoption • Family Studies • Women's Studies • Ethnic Studies
Date of Completion: 2012 | Run Time: 88 minutes (45 minute version included in DVD) | Language: English & Mandarin with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Recommended for ages 14 and above due to mature emotional content | Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
While many adoption-focused documentaries give voice to adoptive parents, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN explores the emotional and cultural impact of adoption from the point of view of four teenage girls, all adopted from China. This award-winning film shares their personal journeys as these adoptees convey the experiences of a generation of young people attempting to reconcile their multiple identities. A recent adoptive parent of her own Chinese baby, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton opens the film expressing her concerns for her daughter. How will she build a strong sense of identity as she grows older? Will she feel like an “outsider” living in a family with two Caucasian parents? How will she supplement the missing pieces of her early life? Goldstein Knowlton seeks these answers by chronicling the experiences over two years of Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang, all struggling to find their place in the world. Shedding stereotypes and a one-size-fits-all identity, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN poignantly conveys the vulnerability, confusion, and courage of these girls as they wonder, “Who am I?” As SOMEWHERE BETWEEN plunges the viewer into their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary experiences, we too, are encouraged to pause and consider who we are —both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants and people from diverse backgrounds.