Meet Me Where You Left Me

Documentary film tracing the origins of a child born in China under a governmently imposed one-child policy, living in foster care and ultimately being adopted and brought to America. A personal story of abandonment, identity and a quest to find one’s biological parents. Documentary investigates social impact of China’s “one-child” policy in personal, historical, political and economic contexts.

  • Lily Cooper
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 24 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Utah
Director Biography - Lily Cooper

My origins stem from China’s one-child policy. 23 years ago, when I was only two days old, I was found on the steps of a building in China. I lived in foster care, and then an orphanage. These circumstances continued for 6 months until I was brought home to my family in America. While my unique beginnings have expanded my cultural worldview, I feel as though I am left with more questions than answers: Who am I? Who are my biological parents? Why did they abandon me? I will forever question whether my human rights were diminished or my life circumstances enhanced. The human need to want to find answers to these questions has led me to want to create a personal documentary that not only deals with discovering my own roots, but also with the social and political aspects associated with my birth country.
I have always had a very close and loving relationship with my adoptive parents and adoptive younger sister. They have enriched my life immensely and have always loved and supported me throughout my endeavors. My family has provided me with opportunities that I would not have otherwise had and I am forever thankful for them in my life. My desire to search for my biological family stems not from a lack of fulfillment from my adoptive family, but rather the natural need to fully understand myself and my origins. Ever since I was a small child, I have always known that I do not have a single identity. In the country of my birth, abandoned. In the country of my life, I am a minority... even in my own family. I will forever question my identity, my biological roots and who made these decisions.

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