A dynamic portrait of girls forced to negotiate minority status, school yard prejudices, and...answer the question, "Who am I?"
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US, in different kinds of families and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China, because all four had birth parents who could not keep them, due to personal circumstances colliding with China's 'One Child Policy'. These strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come-of-age in today's America as trans-racial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical American teenagers doing what teenagers everywhere do ... struggling to make sense of their lives.
Through these young women, and their explorations of who they are, we ourselves pause to consider who we are—both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants. Identity, racism, and gender ... these far-reaching issues are explored in the documentary. And with great honesty and courage, these four girls open their hearts to experience love, compassion, and self-acceptance.
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN probes deeply into the complexities of the adolescent search for identity by following four teenaged girls. Each girl was born in China, abandoned as a baby due to China’s One Child Policy, and then adopted by very different American families. As one girl relates, “I’m a banana, yellow on the outside and white on the inside.” These are teenagers engaged in an excavation of their pasts, some with the mission of tracking down their birth parents, others with divergent concerns, yet each eking out a future with inspiring grit and tenacity. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN paints a dynamic portrait of girls forced to negotiate minority status, school yard prejudices, and yet who ultimately, like everyone else, are looking for an answer to the question, “Who am I?” Linda Goldstein Knowlton