Since the early 1990s, over 100,000 Chinese children, mostly girls, have been adopted by families in the West. Other than a few lines about their finding places, these children know nothing about their biological families. For many adoptees who are coming of age, the lack of information on their birth parents creates a sense of disappointment and frustration.
This film documents the unique experiences of two girls—Eline from the Netherlands and Ricki from the United States—who go to China to meet their birth parents and reconnect with their roots. For the Chinese children adopted internationally, their experiences remain extremely unusual. How do the adoptees find their birth parents? How do they bond with their birth families? How do they negotiate their identities based on new narratives of their past? What do these experiences mean to the adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents.
Daughter’s Return is a rollercoaster, packed with unexpected turns of events, outpourings of emotion, and a timely engagement of critical issues concerning adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents.
Directed, Produced and Written by Dr. Changfu Chang
Associate Director and Producer: Andy Nitchman
Assistant Directors and Producers: Rachel Bitler & Ben Sauder
Camera: Hongxiang Zhou
Editing: Andy Nitchman
Music by Rusty Banks
Narrated by Dennis John Cahill
Cover Art: Tom Groody
Cover Design: Nancy Mata
Calligraphy: Jim Lee
Approx. Running Time: 50 minutes