‘Somewhere Between’ DVD Review
Somewhere Betweeen has recently become available on DVD. Somewhere Between is a documentary that explores the effect of American adoptions on four adoptees originating from China, the struggles they go through with identity, acclimation, and how it all affects their adoptive families. Somewhere Between was an Official Selection at the 2011 Los Angeles International Film Festival, a 2011 winner of the HotDocs Audience Award, and a 2011 winner of the Jury Prize at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Somewhere Between tells the adoptive story of four girls, all teenagers now, who were adopted as toddlers from China families living in different parts of the United States. All of the girls were adopted out under the “One Child Only” policy that China has employed for quite some time. As explained in the film, the policy resulted in thousands of abandoned children, mostly girls, as families were only allowed one child. One particular girl’s story of her abandoment, which she clearly remembered, was particularly heartwrenching. Prior to watching Somewhere Between, I was under the impression children were given up as babies. Unfortunately, that is not true. Instead, many of these girls are left with lingering memories of their birth family, their home country and their abandonment, causing further conflict as they try to adapt to their new family.
Somewhere Between is a very powerful documentary. Even down to the contrast of how much the families try to incorporate the girls’ culture when they first arrive to the teenage years when the girls have adopted “American names” and have veered away from their origination. It was refreshing to see the families employ different methods to insure that the girls feel comfortable in their new homes, without leaving their pasts entrirely behind them.
What impressed me the most about Somewhere Between was some of the girls’ intense desire to not only return to China, but better the lives of the girls that were left behind and in the same predictament that they once were. To see such dedication in girls so young was refreshing.
Somewhere Between is a riveting documentary. It is definitely a must see for those that have interest in adoptions, especially China adoptions. In addition to the feature length movie, there were three extras on the DVD, just a few minutes each. My favorite was the Original Wrap Up that gave a very quick catch up as to each of the four main characters. There is also a bonus DVD with over 45 minutes of additional footage that acts as a guide to parents, educators and adoptees that are going through this process. Even though I am none of those things, I thought that the film gave some very pointed advice.
Check out Somewhere Between now available on DVD at Amazon. You won’t regret it.