Adoption & Identity Intertwined Documentary
Hi, I'm Mei. I'm a Chinese adoptee and an ETHS alumni. Through the Senior Studies class at ETHS, I was given the opportunity to do a project on something I was interested in or passionate about. I've always been curious about how other adoptees process their adoption and develop their identity. The school year of 2014-15, I did research to prepare myself for the documentary by reading articles, books, watching documentaries, and did interviews to better educate myself. I was also inspired by the film Somewhere Between and DANakaDAN's documentary to create Adoption & Identity Intertwined. I wanted to bring up different questions and topics in a similar way that the film Somewhere Between did. I also found DANakaDAN's documentary as a model for my film because it wasn't a Hollywood production; but still had the quality and context of one. All of the research I did played into the questions I asked the interviewees and how I understood each adoptee's story. I interviewed 12 adoptees in the Evanston community and through that process I learned more about each adoptee's perspective on their adoption story. The documentary has snippets from all the interviews I did to show the diversity of their stories and perspectives.
I worked on the film with Susan Hope Engel and the the music is by DANakaDAN and Steve Rashid. I want to thank all the adoptees that let me share their personal stories through the documentary. Please enjoy the film.
- Mei Kelly
THIS IS MEI'S DOCUMENTARY, ADOPTION & IDENTITY INTERTWINED, THAT SHE CREATED FOR THE CRADLE AND SENIOR STUDIES. THE FILM INCLUDES 12 ADOPTEES FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADOPTION AND IDENTITY. I WAS VERY HONORED THAT THESE ADOPTEES LET ME SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STORIES WITH THE COMMUNITY.
Full Adoptee Interview links below
Click on the photo of the adoptee whose full interview you'd like to see
If you'd like to participate in the project, there is an option to fill out a questionnaire with the same questions I used for the film.