Media Reviews

Ever wonder, “what media and materials can I view to better understand adoption or show my adopted children to help them learn about and embrace their adoption?” Take a look at some of these movies, books, and websites:


Movie: Somewhere Between (2011)

IMBD Description: A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country’s “One Child Policy”.

Recommended Age: 13+ for mature adoption themes

My rating: **** (four stars), excellently follows the adoption journeys and shows the joys and challenges of these girls. Great for female adoptees.


Movie: Big Bird in China (1983)

IMBD Description: Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese schoolchildren, watch a Tai Chi demonstration, learn some Chinese words and songs, and meet the mischievous Monkey King.

Recommended Age: For all ages

My rating: ***** (five stars) Okay, I admit that I’m a little biased. I have strong sentimental attachment for this movie that I grew up watching. However, it really was one of my first introductions to China and conveys some beautiful messages about the pride of the country and her people; themes that even Chinese adopted children who are now citizens of other countries can embrace and be proud of as well.


Movie: Lion (2016)

IMBD Description:  A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Recommended Age: 16-18+ for some adult sexuality and mature themes.

My rating: ***** (five stars) for the profound depth of understanding of the complex nature of adoption. This movie captured our family’s hearts and brought four grown adults to tears. Beautiful cinema and scenery, artful representation of cultures, engaging plot line based on a true story,  Lion is a masterpiece for many reasons.