Linda Goldstein Knowlton (USA, World Showcase)
Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.
The ROM Theatre (100 Queen’s Park)
In 1979, the People’s Republic of China instituted its one-child policy in an effort to control a swiftly swelling population. One horrendous result was a spike in child abandonments, particularly of newborn girls by families who wanted sons. In the years that followed, many of these girls would go on to be adopted by American families—one of them by director Linda Goldstein Knowlton.
Somewhere Between is an exploration of the experiences of four such Chinese adoptees, now in their early teens. With a foot in both their birth and adopted homelands, Knowlton’s subjects speak frankly on their situations and experiences, from realizing they were different from their parents to trying to connect with their distant culture. What could have been a sociological sequence of talking heads is instead a surprisingly emotional journey, as Knowlton follows the smart, affable girls over three years of growth and discovery.
Although it is primarily a comforting and educational letter to her future teenage daughter, Knowlton’s film also includes subtle undertones on parenting and American identity in a swiftly globalizing world.