TWIN SISTERS follows the remarkable journey of identical twins, adopted by families at opposite ends of the world who accidentally discover their daughters are sisters. What was meant to be a secret becomes a story of sibling love and fate when the girls reunite at age 8. 

The twin girls were found as infants in a cardboard box in a Chinese village in 2003. They ended up in an orphanage where, apparently, authorities decided to keep silent about the fact that they were twins. Mia and Alexandra might never have seen each other again but fate intervened when the two families met during the adoption procedure in China. Both sets of parents were immediately struck by how alike the girls looked.

“We asked our guides to ask the orphanage director if they were twins but they said no, they’re not.” says Angela Hansen, Mia’s mother. “So you think, maybe I’m imagining this. Maybe they don’t look that much alike.”

From China, Mia moved with her new family to bustling Sacramento, California while Alexandra started her new life in a tiny village in picturesque Norway. For years, they lived an ocean away from each other, leading very different lives.  But when a DNA test confirmed the girls were identical twins, the families decided to meet again.

This award-winning documentary reveals the sweetness, anticipation and excitement of both girls as they prepare to finally meet in Norway. Together with their amazed parents, we observe the now 8-year-old girls develop real bonds during their time together. Despite language barriers and years spent apart, they not only look and act alike, they are unmistakably connected.

“I guess it was meant to be for us to find each other and for these girls to eventually bond,” says Mia’s father, Andy Hansen. “Something brought us together. It must have been destiny.”

TWIN SISTERS won the prestigious Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, one of the world’s largest documentary film festivals. The Passionate Eye broadcast is the film’s North American premiere.  It is directed and produced by Mona Friis Bertheussen for Moment Film.

Credits (Click to expand)

Director & Producer

MONA FRIIS BERTHEUSSEN

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

Editing

ERIK ANDERSSON

MONA FRIIS BERTHEUSSEN

Additional Editing

SILJE NORDSETH N:F:K

VESLEMØY LANGVIK N:

F:K

SKJALG MOLVÆR

Consultant Editing

THOMAS ROBSAHM

Sound Location

PER HANSEN

WILLY HETLAND

Sound Design

GUNN TOVE GRØNSBERG

Post Production

STORYLINE STUDIOS

Colorist

CAMILLA HOLST VEA

Online

KJETIL HAUGEN

Graphics

JONAS HAUGEN

Coordinator

ESPEN SKJØRDAL

Music

EMI Music Publishing

Universal Production

Music

Epidemic Sound

Apollo Music

Produced with the

support of:

TV 2

Commissioning editors:

VEBJØRN HAGEN

KJELL ØVRE HELLAND

NFI Norsk Film

Institute

Film Commissioner STIG

ANDERSEN

Senior Advisor

Production OLA HUNNES

SVT

Commissioning editor

CHARLOTTE HELLSTRÖM

Produced with the

support of:

MEDIA Programme of the

European Union

Arts Council Norway:

Fond for lyd og bilde

The Fritt Ord

Foundation

Western Norway Film

Centre

Filmkraft Rogaland

Viken Film Centre

Production company:

MOMENT FILM

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