Independent Lens: Twin Sisters

About This Episode


Twin Sisters tells the moving true story of Mia and Alexandra, twin Chinese infants found in a cardboard box and taken to an orphanage in 2003. Two sets of hopeful parents — from Norway, and Sacramento, California — arrived in China to claim the babies but by a twist of fate, the adopting parents also met each other. Noticing how much the girls looked alike, they wondered if their new daughters might be connected.

The mothers exchanged contact information and a year later did a DNA test confirming the girls were indeed twins, but by then they'd already become truly a part of their new families. As soon as the girls are old enough to understand, their families tell them about their twin and they begin to communicate despite the distance and language barrier. When finally they meet again in Norway as eight years olds, Mia and Alexandra not only look and act alike, but share an unmistakable bond. Twin Sisters is the story of our notions of family — the genetic ones we inherit and the ones we create.