Right before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to check out the documentary, Somewhere Between. I really had no expectations, other than to maybe be enlightened by a film filled with insightful commentary about international/transracial adoption.
Being a person that was adopted from Korea, I have self-interest in this topic but was most drawn to this comment about the film: “These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, ‘Who am I?‘” When I saw that description I thought it fit well with my own personal journey and Mandala Reflections – where individual stories overlap and become one with the whole.
Well what came from the movie showing was less informative and more thought-provoking for me. Just what I needed at that time. (Hint of sarcasm? Maybe not).
If you enjoy raw stories and real people, maybe who are different from you, or maybe not so different, then I highly recommend this movie to help you think outside the box – and to maybe stir up your thoughts about what it means to be part of a family and how your being and connection/disconnection to your family may impact your world. I won’t say too much more other than my biggest takeaway from the movie is how family, community, and culture interplay and create and recreate the people we are today. That’s powerful stuff, if you ask me. And it just might make you cry for better or for worse.
For a teaser, check out the trailer below. Otherwise check here for a showing near you.