Wo Ai Ni Mommy

Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal
Total Running Time: 77 minutes
Release Date: 2010
Website: http://www.woainimommy.com
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From 2000-2008, China was the leading country for U.S. international adoptions. There are now approximately 70,000 Chinese children being raised in the United States. Wo Ai Ni Mommy explores what happens when an older Chinese girl is adopted into an American family. This film reveals the complicated gains and losses that are an inherent aspect of international, transracial adoption.

In 2007 Donna and Jeff Sadowsky of Long Island, New York submitted their dossier to adopt eight-year old Fang Sui Yong from Guangzhou, China. From the very first moment Sui Yong meets her new mother, Donna, we get a real sense of the emotional confusion and loss Sui Yong experiences, as adoption workers translate their first words of communication. This day will change Sui Yong’s life, forever. Language, habits, food, everything she knows will never be the same. Her new life in America is filled with happiness and confusion. As she struggles to survive in this new world, we witness her transform into a lively, outspoken American. Sui Yong has become someone neither she nor Donna could have imagined. In a sense, she’s the same girl Donna met in Guangzhou all those months ago – and yet she’s utterly different. (Wo Ai Ni Mommy website)

Awards
San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival – Best Documentary
Berkshire International Film Festival – Official Selection
AFI/Discovery Silverdocs Documentary Festival – Winner Sterling Award Best US Feature
33rd Asian American International Film Festival – Emerging Director Award
POV, PBS Documentary Series – Nationally broadcast 8/11
2011 News & Documentary Emmy, Outstanding Long Form Informational Programming, Nominated
2011 Cine Special Jury Award

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About The Filmmaker

Stephanie Wang-Breal directed and produced the award-winning feature length documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). The film was nominated for a Doc & News Emmy, and was the recipient of three Grand Jury Best Documentary... Read more ›

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