Our Daughters

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


Our Daughters flips the narrative on transracial adoption and provides a rarely seen look at adoption through an immigrant lens.


Lakshmi Iyer, an Indian immigrant desperate for motherhood, and Brandy Stein, a single White mother seeking a home for her twins, cross paths unexpectedly. They venture into uncharted territory while exploring openness in adoption for the sake of the twin daughters they share through adoption. Both take big risks and make surprising choices.


Drawn to stories at the intersection of race, religion, immigration, and family, Jeyaram’s documentary provides an immigrant’s perspective on interracial adoption in America while examining the development of cultural dexterity in familial settings.

Using 6 years of archival material and 4 years of observational footage, Our Daughters reveals the complex realities of open adoption where birth and adoptive parents are in close contact.


Chithra Jeyaram - Director, Producer

Chithra makes intimate documentaries about identity, human relationships, race, art, and health. She has an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Texas in Austin. Her short Mijo aired on KLRU TV and played in 50 film festivals globally. She directed and edited Foreign Puzzle, distributed by New Day Films, the only member-owned distribution cooperative.  Her documentary work is supported by Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Jerome Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, New York State Council for the Arts, BAVC Media Maker Fellowship, Made in New York Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies, Lancet and Dance Films Association. She has also pitched at competitive industry events like the IFP project forum and Sheffield Meet Market.


Connect With The Filmmakers:


The Gotham Film & Media Institute - Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2022
DOC NYC "Only in New York" 2020
BGDM Sustainable Artist Grantee 2021
Eastman Foundation Grantee 2021
The Puffin Foundation Ltd Grant 2021
IFP Week 2020
IFP Documentary Lab 2020
Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market 2020
New York State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant Awardee 2020
Jerome Foundation Grant Awardee 2019
Center for Asian American Media Documentary Fund Awardee 2019


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