Wo Ai Ni Mommy

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Wo Ai Ni Mommy
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy (2010) poster.jpg
Directed byStephanie Wang-Breal[1]
Theme music composerPaul Goldman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English, Cantonese and Mandarin dialogue
Producer(s)Judith Helfand, Jean Tsien
CinematographyDonny Tam, Wang-Breal
Editor(s)Gigi Wong
Running time77 minutes
Original networkP.O.V.
Original release
  • August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)

Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You Mommy) is a 2010 American television documentary film directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal,[2] and distributed by P.O.V.. The documentary follows the story of a then 8-year-old Chinese girl, Fang Sui Yong,[3] who was adopted by a Jewish Long Island family.[3] The film had its world premiere at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2010.

Given a new name of "Faith" by her new adopter mother, Donna Sadowsky, the film documents Faith's life just before her adoption in China, and follows her journey to America for a period of 18 months. Faith lived with her new adopted father, Jeff, as well as the Sadowsky's two biological sons and another Chinese adoptee.[3]

"Wo Ai Ni Mommy" inspired Stephanie Wang-Breal's second feature documentary, "Tough Love," a story about two families affected by the United States child welfare system.[4] "Tough Love" is currently showing in festivals worldwide.


Wo Ai Ni Mommy won the Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival,[5] and the 'Sterling Award for Best U.S. Feature' at the Silverdocs.[6] The film is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming-Long Form, which will be awarded on September 26, 2011.


  1. ^ Harvey, Dennis (18 March 2010). "Wo ai ni Mommy". Film Reviews. Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ "No breakouts at this year's Boston Jewish Film Festival". Boston.com. boston.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Milano, Valerie. "Transracial and Transnational Adoption". POV – The Trail to Self Discovery. Hollywood Today. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com/lifestyles/x2025293480/FULL-FRAME-Tough-Love-film-looks-at-parents-trying-to-get-kids-back[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Asian American festival awards". SF Gate. SF Gate. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  6. ^ Renninger, Bryce J. "Silverdocs Juries Reward "Mommy" and "5 Elephants"". Silverdocs. indieWIRE. Retrieved 24 September 2011.

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