One of our collaborators on The Invisible Red Thread, Dr. Changfu Chang, has a new film about Chinese adoption out this November 2014. The film, entitled Ricki’s Promise, follows a young Chinese adoptee named Ricki who has been living in the United States with her adopted family. After receiving a letter from her birth parents many years after being adopted, Ricki visited China for the first time at the age of 12. The emotional fall-out of such an important and confusing reunion was at times overwhelming for Ricki, but she promised to return when she was 18. Now a young adult and more emotionally mature, the film documents Ricki’s return as she takes on the challenge of living with her birth parents in China for two months. She faces a plethora of unexpected challenges… her birth parents’ have divorced and she must live with and forgive the brother who’s birth led to her adoption.
What’s intriguing to us is the fact that Changfu plans to raise the $20,000 needed to finish post-production on the film and release it via Kickstarter, an online crowd sourcing website that encourages people from all over the world to donate to worthy causes in exchange for exclusive gifts or offerings from the fundraisers. So far, after launching the project two days ago, Changfu has already raised $1,705, and he has until the 22 of June to reach his goal. Some of the available “thank you for donating” gifts for donating to Ricki’s Promise are two VIP seats to the films premiere on November 23 in Pennsylvania, an advanced signed DVD copy of Ricki’s Promise with bonus features, and even a dinner with Ricki, her parents, and a member of the film crew.
We wish Changfu the best of luck with this very exciting project and we look forward to seeing the completed film!
Read more about Ricki’s Promise at www.rickispromise.com
To donate to the film, visit their Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1242140/rickis-promise