This documentary film is a personal story. In 2005, my partner Elisa Veini a I adopted a daughter from China. As our daughter was just a 1.5 years old toddler and our parenthood had just started, we looked at the experiences of other adopted children and their parents. Finally, we decided to film a family with a couple of years older daughter from our daughter’s orphanage, and our own family. It took us five years to make the film.

With this film, we hoped to give insight in what it means to grow up with a background that is different from the rest of the family – and to be proud of that background. Their special bound as children from the same country and the same place gives an extra dimension to the girls’ lives. Being adopted is not only a wound, it can also be quite interesting, at least if you are five years old and fond of all things Chinese.




Credits: Written, directed, edited and produced by: Paul van der Stap & Elisa Veini; Camera & Sound: Paul van der Stap; Script & Research: Elisa Veini
Supported by:
Special thanks to: Ruth and her family, Sara
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