Documentaries / Films


Below is a list of documentaries / films about intercountry / transracial adoptees listed by Country of Origin.


The Fifth Point of the Compass (Markus Martiner raised in Northern Italy, German language with English subtitles)


Belonging (Li-Da Kruger, adopted to the UK)

Prue Leith: Journey with my Daughter (Part 2 of Li-Da’s journey)


Somewhere Between (4 teenage Chinese adoptees raised in America)

The (un)lucky ones and Liminal Space (Sophie Rizzo’s short films)


The Walk (Meseret Cohen, older age adoption to Australia)


Coming soon!


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Hong Kong

Abandoned, Adopted Here (Lucy Sheen, documentary about Hong Kong adoptees adopted to the UK)

I Know this Face (Lucy Sheen, 4min short film about our Mothers)


Calcutta Is My Mother (Reshma McClintock, adopted to America)

Lion (film about Saroo Brierley, adopted to Australia, adapted from his book)

You Follow: A Search for One’s Past (Nisha Grayson, adopted to America)


Finding Farideh (biographical journey of Eline, adopted to the Netherlands on her return to Iran to search for bio family)


Juan (French with subtitles in English)

South Korea

Resilence (by Tammy Chu, documentary about Sth Korean adoptee who reunites with his bio mother and their struggle to become family again)

Blue Bayou (fictional film about the deportation of a Korean-American intercountry adoptee, based on the lives of some intercountry adoptees of varying origins who have been deported)

Twinsters (twins Anais Bordier & Samantha Futerman, adopted to France & America)

Found in Korea (Nam Holtz, adopted to America)

SidexSide (Glenn Morey interviews of 100 Korean adoptees and orphans who aged out)

First Person Plural (Deann Borshay Liem, adopted to America)

Geographies of Kinship (Deann Borshay Liem)

Forget Me Not (Sun Hee Engelstoft)
Currently screening in Australia on SBS Demand free until 30 May 2023

Sri Lanka

Coming Soon!


Sing Me A Lullaby


A Story of One’s Own: an intimate and political portrait of transnational adoption in France (Amandine Gay, French)

Lisa & Isell: a story about adoption and the Ghost Kingdom (Lisa Marie Simmons, Angela Tucker)

Being a TransRacial Adoptee (TRA) (Lucy Sheen)

Closure: A Documentary about Adoption (Angela Tucker, African American transracial adoptee)

Ouvrir la Voix (Amandine Gray Moroccan-French transracial adoptee, French)


Selection of Youtube Videos and Documentaries

Airmail Orphan (Viktoria Cowley adopted to the UK via Operation Babylift)

Other Short Films made by intercountry adoptees

Two Adoptees, Generations Apart, Discuss their Adoption Stories (Lucy Sheen, short 8min video exploring domestic vs intercountry adoption)

Nederlands (Formeel)