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The Gift

BLOCK D | Emerging 

Friday, March 24 | 3 - 5 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Gift
Screenings & Awards

Cast & Crew

DOCUMENTARY | 2022 | 10 min. 37 sec. 


ELIGIBLE | Woman to Watch, Best Student Film 

COUNTRY | United States 

LANGUAGE | English 

DIRECTOR | Elizabeth Love 

CAST | Hannah Donelan, Renee Fletcher, Faith Fosco, Mary Fosco, Elizabeth Johnson, Anya Lei Koza, Elizabeth Love, Caroline Puchek, Maddie Puchek, Allison Quinn


"The Gift" is a documentary style short film sharing the perspectives of 10 young Chinese American women, who were adopted from China from 1998 to 2001 during China’s one-child policy, which was implemented in 1979 and discontinued in 2016. These women were adopted into families who traveled together initially in 1998 to adopt baby girls. Later, several of these families returned to China to adopt another girl, and in one instance, another girl and a boy. All of the adoptees in this group of families have a bond that has continued over the years. I composed the music for this film with traditional Chinese music elements in mind. The instrumentation includes piano, guitar, and hand bells. This work is dedicated to everyone in my China group family.

About the Director

Elizabeth Love is a Chicago based freelance composer who specializes in media composition, and has recently put one of her films through the Chicago film festival circuit. She loves telling stories through music and writing for a variety of media with both traditional and electronic instruments. She received her Bachelor's in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan in 2019 and her Master's in composition from Roosevelt University in May 2022.

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