Three new POV documentaries premiere on PBS Aug. 31-Sept. 14

August 19, 2010 – POV (Point of View) the award-winning PBS documentary series, presents POV Adoption Stories, three films about international and domestic adoption, airing on PBS from Tuesday, Aug. 31 – Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. In addition to premiering these documentaries on television, PBS will be streaming them online in their entirety beyond the broadcast to commemorate National Adoption Month in November.

 

The films explore the challenges of adoptees forging new identities while holding on to their national and racial identities, and of parents helping their adopted children make sense of their new lives. 

 

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. on PBS; Streaming online from Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

 

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) 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.

 

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy is an intimate account transnational and transracial adoption. Little Sui Yong’s adoption takes place against a background of more and more Americans adopting overseas, especially in China. Since the Chinese opened their doors to foreign adoptions in 1992, some 70,000 Chinese children have been brought to the United States, making China the top choice for international adoptions by Americans. 

 

Off and Running by Nicole Opper

Airing Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. on PBS; Streaming online from Sept. 8 – Dec. 7

 

Off and Running is the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white, Jewish lesbians. Her two brothers are black and Puerto Rican and Korean-American. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity and estrangement from black culture. Just when it seems her life will unravel, Avery begins to make sense of her identity.

 

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem

Airing Tuesday, Sept. 14 on PBS; Streaming online from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

 

Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the U.S. in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, the 8-year-old girl quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural, POV 2000; encore POV Aug. 10, 2010) returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.