Friday Night at the Movies
Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy)
Pizza, snacks and soft drinks provided.
Wine & Beer available on cash basis
- DATE: Friday, October 5, 2012
- TIME: 7:00 to 9:45 pm Film to start promptly at 7.30 pm with a 20 minute intermission
- PLACE: Bamboo Grove Club House Lounge, 5th floor, 74-86 Kennedy Road, Midlevels (Free parking on lobby level)
- FEE: Members - HKD $120 for adults/$80 for teens Non-Members $200
- Please make your reservations online by clicking on Register on your left.
Please note that the fee covers our costs & we are not charging for the film showing per se.
Feel free to stick around just after the screening to talk about the film.
- Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy): A POV documentary by Stephanie Wang-Breal (2010 USA, Genere - family film, documentary).
- Running time: 77 minutes
- YouTube Official Trailer: Click here
- Official Website: http://www.woainimommy.com/
How do you adapt to a brand new family member from a different culture? Director Stephanie Wang-Breal’s first feature film film “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” breaks important ground as she travels to Guangzhou, China with adoptive mother Donna Sadowsky of Long, Island, New York, to meet her 8 year-old daughter, orphan Sui Yong (“Faith”) for the first time.
Wang-Breal acts as a fly-on-the wall documentarian, capturing the moment by moment complexities of forging a loving and healthy bond with an older child from another culture. While over 70,000 children have been adopted from China into the U.S. since 1992 and everyone’s experience is different, this story is unique. It is told in real time and captures the child’s perspective, often in her own voice. Most adoption documentaries are told from the perspective of the adult adoptee looking back in time or the adoptive parents’ experience or even the relinquishing birthmother’s point of view. This one is straight from the psyche of an 8-year-old who was abandoned as a 2-year-old and has been living at the orphanage and in foster care. She has never seen a Caucasian before but has been told by a kindly Chinese social worker named Leila that she is going to have a good life in a place called America.
Sui Yong becomes Faith & her life changes forever. Language, habits, food, everything she knows will never be the same. Her new life in America is filled with happiness and confusion. As she struggles to survive in this new world, we witness her transform into a lively, outspoken American. Sui Yong has become someone neither she nor Donna could have imagined. In a sense, she’s the same girl Donna met in Guangzhou all those months ago – and yet she’s utterly different.
From 2000 to 2008, China was the leading country for U.S. international adoptions. Ninety-five percent of the adoptees are girls. Each year, these girls face new questions regarding their adopted lives and surroundings. This is a film about Chinese adopted girls, their American adoptive families and the paradoxical losses and gains inherent in international adoption. The characters and events in this story will challenge our traditional notions of family, culture and race.
Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to WO AI NI MOMMY (I LOVE YOU, MOMMY) 2010. The Sterling US Feature Jury noted: “The film dives so deeply into its story that the filmmaker’s hands disappear. She creates a profound connection between her characters and the story she’s telling. Above all, she dares to leave us with questions to which there are no easy answers.”