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Somewhere Between: Identity Development in Transracial Adoptees

  • 25 Oct 2012
  • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Varsity Theater & University Heights Center


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Somewhere Between tells the intimate stories of four Chinese girls who are born to families who are unable to keep them. Instead of being raised by their biological parents the baby girls are given to orphanages and eventually adopted by American families. They grow up with "Sesame Street," hip-hop and Twitter. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.


We invite you to watch this movie between October 19-25 at the Varsity Theater in the U-District. - Buy tickets here!

Following the 5:00pm screening on October 25, we invite you to join us for an engaging conversation on identity development with the film’s director, Linda Goldstein Knowlton and transracial adoption expert, Astrid Dabbeni at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way, room 209)


About the speakers:

Linda Goldstein Knowlton has a daughter named Ruby Goldstein Knowlton. She’s seven. When she and her husband adopted her from China, they had no idea what lay ahead. They became a family in an instant. But as she began to think about Ruby's future, she started to wonder how her coming of age would differ from her own. She began talking to older girls who had been adopted from China and brought to the U.S., and plunged into a world not just of identity but of what it means to be who we are.  The film, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, was born.


Astrid Dabenni is the Executive Director and co-founder of Adoption Mosaic, a Portland-based non-profit organization providing educational resources and ongoing support to all those whose lives are influenced by adoption. They provide pre-adoption support and post adoption support through adoption readiness trainings, transracial adoption workshops, adoptee and community movie nights, their adoption blog, adoption book reviews, adoption movie reviews and much much more.  Astrid has worked in adoptions for over 14 years. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four with her older sister from Colombia. Astrid is the Executive Director and co-founder of Adoption Mosaic.


A note to parents: Due to the sensitive subject matter, this movie & presentation are not recommended for ages 13 and under.


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