Letter to Maya
DVD1996 22 Minutes
Lesbians adopt a Chinese baby.
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.
This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes of the country in which it was made and language of the time it was made. But the issues raised are timeless
This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £1.00. For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.