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  • Twin girls, separated as infants in China, grow up 5,000 miles apart but share a special bond.

    Twin girls, separated as infants in China, grow up 5,000 miles apart but share a special bond.

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  • Alexandra and Mia sitting on the dock by the sea

    Alexandra and Mia sitting on the dock by the sea

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  • Alexandra sending a letter to her sister in the USA

    Alexandra sending a letter to her sister in the USA

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  • Alexandra and Mia, photo taken May 2014

    Alexandra and Mia, photo taken May 2014

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  • Alexandra and Mia, photo taken May 2014

    Alexandra and Mia, photo taken May 2014

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  • Mia and Alexandra stand back to back, with scenes from their respective homes in the background.

    Mia and Alexandra stand back to back, with scenes from their respective homes in the background.

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  • Mia and Alexandra share a quiet moment together.

    Mia and Alexandra share a quiet moment together.

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  • Twins as babies

    Twins as babies

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  • Director/Producer Mona Friis Bertheussen and twins, at National TV Awards Gullruten (Norwegian Emmys)

    Director/Producer Mona Friis Bertheussen and twins, at National TV Awards Gullruten (Norwegian Emmys)

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The Film

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

When Wenche and Angela met at the orphanage, each with their new babies in their arms, they were astonished to see they had both dressed their girls in identical red gingham dresses. But the similarities didn’t end there. The babies looked alike and shared a birthday. Despite the authorities assuring them the girls were not twins, the new mothers exchanged contact information and a year later decided to do a DNA test.

By the time the results confirmed that the girls were indeed twins, they were deeply entrenched in their new families. In the U.S., Mia was growing up to be a typical, all-American girl, with a bustling life filled with violin lessons, Girl Scouts, and soccer, while in Norway, Alexandra lived a quieter life in the breathtakingly beautiful but isolated village of Fresvik, population 243.

As soon as the girls were old enough to understand, their families told them about their twin on the other side of the world and they began 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 are unmistakably linked to each other. As Mia joins Alexandra on an exploration of the beautiful village, the girls interact with the undeniable connection of sisters.

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

The Filmmaker

  1. Mona Friis BertheussenProducer/Director