Anyone touched by International Adoption may be eager to see the just-released Canadian documentary The Invisible Red Thread. In it, fifteen-year-old Vivian Lum travels to China to discover the land she was adopted from as an infant.
However, as someone in the process of adopting a baby from China, I’m eager to see the film, but also nervous to witness this adoptee confronting her heritage. In the trailer (click here to see it on YouTube), Miss Lum seems to patch together her birth country and her home with ease, grace and humor, but I can’t imagine it’s easy for her. And seeing any pain this exploration causes Vivian Lum will make me worry my own daughter will someday face the same.
That said, International adoptees can’t choose to ignore questions of identity and heritage (every time they have to leave a medical history form blank, for instance), and may possibly face bullying and teasing. So I don’t think potential adoptive parents should skip this sneak-peak into what their child could experience.
So when I noticed the film’s website promoting a contest to win a copy of the DVD by blogging why you’d want to watch this movie, I immediately typed this post. Anyone considering International Adoption should want to see this movie. I certainly do! Has anyone seen it?