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Lia Chang: 33rd Asian American International Film Festival: Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Wo Ai Ni Mommy screens at Clearview Chelsea Cinema on 7/16 and at Queens Library on 7/23

Faith and Donna in a Chinese store in Wo Ai Ni Mommy

Faith and Donna in a Chinese store in Wo Ai Ni Mommy

Director Stephanie Wang-Breal’s documentary Wo Ai Ni Mommy ( I Love You Mommy) screens at Clearview Cinemas, 260 West 23rd St., between 7th and 8th Aves in New York on Friday, July 16 at 9pm, as part of the 33rd Asian American International Film Festival, presented by Asian CineVision.

In Wo Ai Ni Mommy, the opening screen titles say that since China began its international adoption program, over 70,000 children have been sent to live in American homes. The film follows one family, the Sadowskys, as they bring home a second orphan from Guangzhou, China to Long Island, New York. Fang Sui Yong, a precocious and head-strong eight year old is forced to acclimate quickly to her new life as Faith Sadowsky. As she is older and very attached to her foster parents and sister, the transition is unbearable at times and Faith openly ponders why a white family would want to take someone from China into their home—a hard question for everyone with no easy answers. There are also moments of levity and true connection as Faith moves further away from her former life, begins to show affection and makes new friends. Director Stephanie Wang-Breal follows the family for nearly two years and becomes an active participant in the unfolding story. She manages to broach a very sensitive topic with tenderness and an appreciation for the steep learning curve of both parents and children as a new family comes into being.

Director Stephanie Wang-Breal was recently awarded the 2010 Sterling Award for Best US Feature at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival for Wo Ai Ni Mommy ( I Love You Mommy), which includes a $5,000 cash prize.

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.”

Wo Ai Ni Mommy will be preceded by Tani Ikeda’s Turn of the Harvest.

Director Stephanie Wang-Breal and subject Donna Sadowsky will be in attendance and available for Q&A after the film. To learn more about Wo Ai Ni Mommy, check out the official Wo Ai Ni Mommy Website.

To purchase tickets, click here.

The Festival takes place from July 15-24 various venues throughout New York City including Chelsea Clearview Cinema, the Quad Cinema, and the Museum of Chinese in America. The full feature lineup includes 23 feature films that showcase the latest works created by filmmakers of Asian descent in addition to films that explore new constructs of Asian and Asian-American cinema. The AAIFF10 includes selections from both a national and international pool of filmmakers, including works from Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Wo Ai Ni Mommy will also be shown on July 23 at at the Flushing Library in Queens as part of Asian CineVision’s (ACV) free community screenings, in conjunction with the 33rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF’10).

For more information on the AAIFF10 full feature line up, visit

The Asian American International Film Festival is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to showcasing films created by media artists of Asian descent and about the Asian community. Founded in 1978, AAIFF harbors a unique curatorial vision. More than an expression of collective identity, the festival is anchored by the distinct contributions of its members. It is a platform for filmmakers of all backgrounds to develop the constructs of Asian cinema and cultivate the next generation of talent. 33 years after its inception, AAIFF continues to be a leading showcase for Asian American film and video, placing a substantial focus on local and independent works and working to enrich New York’s Asian cultural community.

About ACV
Asian CineVision, Inc is a not-for-profit national media arts organization dedicated to the development, promotion and preservation of film and video arts by and about people of Asian descent. Founded in 1976 ACV began as a social service media activist organization in New York City’s Chinatown. The organization continues to serve the Asian American community by presenting, promoting and preserving the works of Asian and Asian American mediamakers, and providing a window to the diverse experiences and livelihoods of the Asian diaspora.

About Queens Library
The Queens Library serves 2.2 million people from 62 locations plus seven Adult Learning Centers and two Family Literacy Centers. It has circulated among the highest number of books and other library materials in the country since 1994, and is the second largest public library in the U.S. in terms of size of collections.

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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