Emilio was born in Colombia in 1977 and was adopted to Sweden at age one. When he retrieves his dossier from the social authorities in Bogota, he finds out his birth name and a few other clues about his background. He decides to travel, together with his adoptive father, to the countryside north of Bogota to connect the dots and attempt to find his biological family.

What does ancestry mean? For someone who’s adopted this is an acute question. For the rest it’s more of a philosophical exercise.

Before the agricultural revolution, before borders were drawn and global travel was possible, ancestry meant knowing where the bones of your forebears lay, and to be able to return there and know where the grass covering those hills got their particular shade of green from. It meant to truly be able to be home.

We’ve lost that ability today, as most people associate “home” with their house or the city or country they live in. It almost takes identifying with an adoptee’s search for answers to remember the depth that the question implies. What does ancestry mean?

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