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Original Documentary “The Invisible Red Thread” Premieres on OMNI TV, Intimately Exploring The One Child Policy

June 7, 2012 –Each year, tens of thousands of girls are abandoned across China as a result of the nation’s one child policy, which was enacted in 1979. These young girls are often adopted by couples locally or from other countries, including Canada. Exploring the impact of international and local adoption in China, The Invisible Red Thread  – the original OMNI Television, one-hour documentary –  compares and contrasts the upbringing of two girls who were adopted because of the policy in the mid-1990s.
The documentary premieres to English-language audiences on Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on OMNI. 2 and OMNI Alberta, and 10 p.m. PT on OMNI BC. The documentary will air in Mandarin on Sunday, June 24 at 9 p.m. on OMNI. 2.

The Invisible Red Thread follows 15-year-old Vivian Lum as she travels back to her birth city in China’s southern Jiangxi Province to learn more about her homeland. While there, she meets 14-year-old Shumin Zhu who was adopted by a couple in rural China less than a year after her. Together the girls set out to compare their lives, discovering surprising similarities and differences along the way. Through Vivian and Shumin’s stories, the documentary explores the ripple effects of the one child policy within and outside of China.

The Invisible Red Thread is a written, directed and co-produced by Maureen Marovitch and co-produced by David Finch from Picture This Productions (Longshots, When Two Won’t Do), with Changfu Chang coordinated the filming in China. This documentary was made possible with 100 per cent funding from the OMNI Television Independent Producers Initiative.

For more information about the TV broadcast, please contact:
Meghan Hardy, OMNI Television, meghan.hardy@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3197
Sónia Brum, OMNI Television, sonia.brum@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3194

For more information about DVD sales or arranging a screening in your area:
Maureen Marovitch, Picture This Productions, Maureen@picturethis.ca, 514-484-1145, cell: 514-799-4631