Lily Bolka, Chloe Lipitz, Sadie Mangelsdorf
Three girls who were adopted at birth from China now living in America are able to connect to each other via the internet. They were adopted as a result of the one-child policy in China, which was a population planning initiative from 1980to 2015 meant to curb the country’s growth by restricting many families to a single child. This has big repercussions on their economy, population, and other factors but the emotional loss of giving your child up is the most costly. The three girls decide to go back to their original adoption facility in China, and perhaps even trace back where they came from and reunite with their parents.
This documentary is so heartfelt and explores humanity at it’s best, worst, and what you can learn from your history and ancestry. Seeing how China is not like now, but what groups are doing to try reconnecting their parents with the child they gave up is fascinating and heartbreaking. I liked seeing the differences in how that is approached to each parent, and how the adopted child reacts to the potential opportunity.
Today we are seeing a similar pattern of young couples choosing not to have children due to a mirada of reasons related to climate or economic pressure. More than ever there is talk of overpopulation in the world, yet we have more than enough resources to feed the world. The sadness of what these families had to go through will move you, but you’ll also be inspired by these three girls determination to know themselves.
This is overall a feel good movie that may surprise you in ways you don’t expect. It’s on Netflix now and I recommend checking it out!