Finding Out Who You Truly Are… Is It Worth It?
by Acola2 on November 18, 2013 - 11:58pm
Blog Film Review
The documentary Somewhere Between (Knowlton, 2011) focuses on four girls that were adopted from China and their story of finding their birth parents. They were either given up or abandoned; and put up for adoption due to the fact that China has a “One Child Policy” implemented into place. China’s “One Child Policy” states that parents in China can only have one boy and one girl, and if not you are going against the norms and government rules. It is also preferable that they have boys. The four girls that the documentary film focuses on are Jenna Cook, Haley Butler, Ann Boccuti, and Fang “Jenni” Lee. Each of these girls want to find their birth parents, but they struggle with cross cultural communication barriers once they do meet them. What I took from this documentary is even though all the girls wanted to meet their birth parents, they will always be the person they and how their adoptive parents raised them, and that right there is who they truly are. By finding their birth parents I think they were able to learn more about why they were abandoned and adopted to be able to have that question answered and stop wondering.
The cross communication barrier I mentioned comes into play when they do locate the one girl’s birth mother and go to China to meet her. She isn’t able to get a personal one to one vibe because they do speak two different languages and need a translator. If there wasn’t that language barrier they could connect on a more personal level and maybe form a bond or get to know each other better. When they met it seemed to be a little awkward for her because they were so emotional towards here and she didn’t have the same feelings back since she did get abandoned and didn’t know why. They were touching her hair and holding her hand and she kind of just sat there not knowing what to do or how to act, it was out of the normal for her. It seemed as if they felt so close and complete next to her and all she wanted was answers.
I think that meeting her birth parents allowed her to learn about herself and more about where she comes from, but she also reflected on the fact that she was abandoned and put up for adoption and her parents that adopted here are the people that raised her will always be her true roots and home. I think this documentary did a great job at showing social situations that are out of the norm, communication barriers and cultural differences. Watching the four girls go through what they did was emotional but it was great to see them stay so positive and optimistic about their situations. By watching this documentary I was able to see exactly what adoptive children go through and they struggles they deal with.
Goldstein, L. (Director). (2011). Somewhere Between (DVD). United States: Ladylike Films