Twin Sisters

Twin Sisters

  • BY Mona Friis Bertheussen | IN Race & Ethnicity
    Premiered October 20, 2014

About the Film

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. MORE

The new 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. In the U.S., Mia is raised a typical, all-American girl, with a bustling life filled with violin lessons, Girl Scouts, and soccer, while Alexandra grows up in the quietude of the breathtakingly beautiful but isolated village of Fresvik, Norway.

As soon as the girls are old enough to understand, their families tell them about their twin on the other side of the world 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. As Mia joins Alexandra on an exploration of the beautiful village, the girls interact with the undeniable connection of sisters.

Twin Sisters is the story of our notions of family — the genetic ones we inherit and the ones we create.


The Filmmaker

Mona Friis Bertheussen, Producer/Director

Headshot of Twin Sisters filmmaker Mona Friis Bertheussen.Mona Friis Bertheussen is an award-winning director and producer. She has won some of the most prestigious awards for documentary films, including the Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival, one of the world’s largest festivals for documentaries. She has produced a number of films, including Tampa and Welcome to Norway, which have received international exposure. She has also received the highly-acclaimed "Human Rights Award for Film" from the Norwegian government. Bertheussen started her own production company, Moment Film, in 2003, with one major goal in mind: To make documentaries that people will remember. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Directed and Produced by
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Mona Friis Bertheussen
Erik Andersson

Additional Editing
Silje Nordseth N:F:K
Veslemøy Langvik N:F:K
Skjalg Molvær

Editing Consultant
Thomas Robsahm

Director of Photography
Hallgrim Haug F.N.F

Additional Cinematography
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Family Archive Footage
Andy Hansen Sigmund Hauglum

Underwater Camera Operator
Amund Lie F.N.F

Camera Operator, Reunion
Erik Lundby

Sound Location
Per Hansen
Willy Hetland

Sound Design
Gunn Tove Grønsberg

Post Production
Storyline Studios

Camilla Holst Vea

Kjetil Haugen

Jonas Haugen

Espen Skjørdal

EMI Music Publishing
Universal Production Music
Epidemic Sound
Apollo Music

Commissioning Editors for TV2
Vebjørn Hagen
Kjell Øvre Helland

Film Commissioner for NFI Norwegian Film Institute
Stig Andersen

Senior Production Advisor for NFI Norwegian Film Institute
Ola Hunnes

Commissioning Editor for SVT
Charlotte Hellström

Funding Provided by
MEDIA Programme of the European Union
Norwegian Arts Council
The Fritt Ord Foundation
Filmkraft Rogaland
Viken Film Centre
Western Norway Film Centre
DR TV Denmark

Twin Sisters is a production of Moment Film AS, in association with TV2, NFI Norwegian Film Institute and SVT.

This program was produced by Moment Film AS, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2013 Moment Film AS. All rights reserved.

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