Letter to Maya


Lesbians adopt a Chinese baby.


A woman’s desire to have children propels this tale of international adoption, portraying a Caucasian lesbian couple who add a Chinese baby to the family. This couple attempts to described their adoption journey to daughter Maya, born of unknown parents and abandoned soon after.

For a middle-aged lesbian couple in America adopting an infant Chinese girl named Maya, the desire to raise a child is “not about passing on genes, but about creating a family”. Their affecting story is told in revealing voice-over by one of the women, who reads a “letter” to the child she is preparing to meet.

Mindful of the conflicting emotions an adult Maya will experience in the future, the narrator addresses the topic of cultural dislocation, drawing an analogy to the predicament of gay couples. Rather than dwell on the polemics of gay relationships, this perceptive film shows how the desire to nurture transcends sexual orientation.
“Letter to Maya” is a story of beginnings, a look at diversity in parenting and an affirmation of the love of two moms.
“Letter to Maya” offers a chance to experience a positive and heartwarming model of an alternative family and raises some important social issues.

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