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How far would a mother go to change her child’s fate? When Lan (Zhu Zhu, “Cloud Atlas”) learns that her 9-year-old daughter, Meimei (Harmonie Zhu), suffers from dyslexia, she will stop at nothing to help her, including leaving her life in China behind and venturing with Meimei to New York City, braving a place she knows nothing about and speaking not a word of English. Their pursuit of the impossible is a roller coaster, affected by the numerous people who join them on their journey, including Helen (Amy Irving), an outspoken, wheelchair-bound writer who reluctantly takes them in, and Dr. Wurmer (Helen Slater), the head of a private school that Lan views as Meimei’s last hope. Finding a school for a recent immigrant requiring learning accommodations presents unique challenges, and ultimately Lan’s low-wage factory job and visiting-immigrant status endanger Meimei’s acceptance at a special school. What Lan and Meimei discover is that in a world where people are often not fully seen, their courageous belief in themselves will eventually lead them to people who see them for who they truly are. RogerEbert.com writes: “Writer/director Ann Hu, who based the film on her own experience, has a gift for subtle details that illuminate character and culture. The contrasting Chinese and American classrooms, the piles of books in Helen’s New York apartment, the eyeglasses Lan does not need but wears to make her look more intellectual, help keep the film’s world vibrant and engaging.”

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    86 minutes
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    Ann Hu