The Invisible Red Thread - 2012-08

Vermont Premier of The Invisible Red Thread
Canadian Documentary follows adopted teens in Canada and China

August 21, 2012. Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT

Two infant girls were abandoned in the same part of China a decade and a half ago. Who 

they were adopted by, and the impact adoption had on them and their families is revealed in The Invisible Red ThreadThe One World Library Project and Camp Common Ground are proud to jointly present the Vermont Premier of this touching one-hour documentary.


This film follows Vivian Lum, 15, and her adoptive father as they travel from Toronto to Jiujiang, in Jiangxi Province. Vivian returns to the orphanage and city she left fifteen years earlier, and meets pen pal, Shumin Zhu14. Like Vivian, Shumin was given away by her birth parents as an infant. Where their stories diverge is that while Vivian was adopted into Canada’s biggest city, Shumin was taken in by a local rural family. Their meeting and interactions create a fascinating comparison of two adoptees’ stories. The film also connects with other parents who gave away daughters, including a poignant meeting with Shumin’s own biological parents.


Vivian is one of nearly 100 000 girls that have been adopted worldwide from China since 1991. These ‘over-quota’ girls are a result of China’s One-Child Policy, a means of population control introduced in 1979. Societal pressure favoring boys has since led to tens of thousands of infant girls being abandoned across China every year. While over 100 000 girls have been adopted worldwide, there are no statistics on the number of abandoned girls like Shumin being raised by adoptive families within China.


The Invisible Red Thread was directed by Maureen Marovitch, and co-produced by Marovitch and David Finch of Montreal’s Picture This Productions with Dr. Changfu Chang managing theChina shoot’s organization. Marovitch and Finch have produced over a dozen award-winning documentaries and short fiction films since 1994. The film had its festival premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival this summer and was shown in March at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival and Toronto’s International Women’s Month Festival of Films.


Tickets for the film screening are available for $10.  Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance.  Children 12 and under are free although the film is not recommended for children under 10. For reservations or more information, contact Anne at the One World Library Project at 453-4147 or by emailing

Visit The Invisible Red Thread website at for more information about the film.


Common Ground Center is a non-profit hosting family camps celebrating fun and diversity inStarksboro, Vermont.  This film is being sponsored as part of the Chinese Culture Camp which is mainly attended by families who have adopted children from China.  Learn more about the Chinese Culture Camp and all of Common Ground Center’s programs at


The One-World Library Project is a “world library within a library” with a collection of books, films, and other media about world cultures.  OWLP items are available for community members to check out at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.  The One-World Library Project also hosts regular programs at the library on the various fascinating cultures that fill our planet. For more information about the One-World Library Project go to, check out our Facebook page.


The Lawrence Memorial Library, which hosts the One-World Library Project, is located at

40 North Street in Bristol and has a full listing of items in the One-World Library in their online catalog,