In the first documentary, a Jewish family adopts an eight year old girl from China. They already have two biologically born sons, (one of whom is prepping for his Bar Mitzvah) and one daughter that they adopted from China a couple years earlier.
In “Off And Running,” a Jewish couple in Park Slope / Brooklyn have several adopted children of various backgrounds. In the documentary, their daughter, an African American young woman, who had attended a Jewish day school, decides to search for her birth mother.
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal will be broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. on PBS; and will stream online from Sept. 1 â€“ Nov. 30 at this link.
What is it like to be torn from your Chinese foster family, put on a jet with strangers and wake up in a new country, family and culture? Not only that, but you are on Long Island! Wo Ai Ni Mommy is the story of Fang Sui Yong, an 8-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travels to China to adopt her.
Sui Yong (now Faith) is one of 70,000 Chinese children now being raised in the United States, many of them in Jewish families as young Jewish boys and girls. Through her eyes, we witness her struggle with a new identity as she transforms from a timid child into someone that no one Â neither her new family nor she Â could have imagined.
Meeting her mother, Donna, for the very first time and learning that her new name will be Faith Sui Yong Sadowsky, sheÂ reacts as any self-respecting little girl would. She is alternately shy, withdrawn, timid, petulant, cute, rude, demanding, endearing, needy, manipulative, tragic, happy, loving, not so loving, ANNOYED, confused, surprisingly perceptive about her situation Â and a natural in front of the camera. Arriving in New York, and meeting her new family, including Jason, 15, Jared, 12, and Darah, 3, is quite interesting as well. And more importantly, will she allowed to wear makeup?
To further explore the issues in the film, there will host a live chat
with filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal and Donna (mother) and Faith (child) Sadowsky on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. ET (USA) at this link.
Here is a secret for Jewlicious readers. At the start of the film, when Donna flies to Guangzhou to meet Faith, Faith and the adoption agency leaders are speaking in Cantonese. The audience can read the subtitles. But actually, Donna did not know what was being said at the time; and the filmmaker and crew only spoke Mandarin, and so they also did not know what Faith was really saying, nor what her caregivers were telling her to say or do. This will add to your insights while watching what unfolds.
It truly is a must see, and I highly recommend it. Plus, it includes
a Bar Mitzvah. Click here for the bar mitzvah video. Hehe.