Voices of the One Child Era: Reunion for Adoptees from Changfu Chang’s Documentary Films Ricki’s Promise & Meet Me on the Bridge

Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Voices of the One Child Era: Adoption, Awareness & Identity is a series of programming devoted to telling a diverse range of stories of American adoptees from China. In this installment of the series, watch two documentary short films on birth family reunion, Ricki’s Promise (View Higher Films, 2014) and Meet Me on the Bridge: Discovering the Truth About my Parents After 20 Years (BBC, 2017). After, join director Changfu Chang and adoptee stars of the respective films, Ricki Mudd and Kati Pohler, for a Q&A on the making of the films and updates on their stories since the films were made.

 

Ricki’s Promise tells the story of Chinese American adoptee Ricki Mudd. Several years after she was adopted by an American family, Ricki received an unexpected letter from her birth parents. Shortly afterward, she met them in China. For a young 12-year-old, the commotion of the trip and reunion with relatives who were strangers to her was confusing. While she couldn’t exactly tell what was going on, Ricki promised to come back when she turned 18. She kept her promise. Truly a work of captivating drama, Ricki’s Promise documents a rare tale of events and choices that pit individuals against each other in the backdrop of culture, politics, and ethics.

 

Meet Me on the Bridge is a short film documenting the meeting between adoptee Kati Pohler and her birth parents on the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou, China. Kati was abandoned in a market in China when she was three days old, left only with a note from her parents saying they would meet her on a famous bridge 10 and 20 years later. When the time arrived, it became a huge story in China, but Kati was living in America and had no idea. In this film, find out how she finally met her biological family.

 

Ricki Mudd was adopted from Quzhou in Zhejiang province when she was four years old. She communicates with her birth parents and brother about once a month. Currently, Ricki lives in Washington and is a User Experience Researcher for Microsoft.

 

Kati Pohler was born in Suzhou, China. She was then abandoned at a market and left with a note. At years old she was adopted by American parents and was raised in Hudsonville, Michigan. At the age of 20 she learned that her American parents had contact with her Chinese parents. Over the next few months and years Kati learned the astonishing and implausible details that eventually led to her meeting her Chinese family on the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou. The bridge meeting was documented by filmmaker Changfu Chang and published by BBC Stories. Since the infamous bridge meeting in 2017, Kati has maintained steady contact with her Chinese family. Last year, Kati moved to China and taught English at Huai’an Joy International School. Currently, Kati is taking a year to travel, to be and to learn as much as possible about the world around her. She is planning a trip to China to see her family this November.

 

Changfu Chang is a U.S.-based an award-winning filmmaker. Over the past two decades, he has directed and produced a dozen acclaimed documentary films including Love Without Boundaries, Illicit: The Dark, Long Wait For Home, The Invisible Red Thread, Daughters’ Return, Sofia’s Journey, The Confucius Village, Ricki's Promise, and Meet Me On The Bridge. His decade-long film series on international adoption that explores a wide range of issues surrounding Chinese culture, politics, and international transracial adoption, has been screened extensively throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia.

 

Changfu’s films have been shown on PBS, National Geographic Television, Canadian Television, Japanese Television, German Television, BBC, Chinese Television, as well as in film festivals. Leading media outlets including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CBS Evening News, BBC, National Public Radio, South China Morning Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer have featured his work.

 

A native of Jiangsu Province, China, Changfu began his career in television in the early 1990s when he started working as a writer and director in the Documentary Department at a major Chinese television station. Aside from being an independent filmmaker producing human-interest stories with a U.S.-China focus, he has also served as a consultant on several international film projects and frequently given public lectures. He resides in Severna Park, Maryland and enjoys reading, writing, travel and photography.