I realized I haven’t posted much about this fabulous film festival Boston Korean Adoptees is running at UMASS Boston on Halloween weekend October 29-30. It’s called Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within and you can find more information (registration, etc.) here.
I’m particularly excited about it because two of the directors of the four films (Deann Borshay Liem and Tammy Chu) will be there for Q&A. How exciting, right? Ohh, I hope I get to meet them!
First Person Plural – directed by Deann Borshay Liem: In 1966, Deann was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann’s heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities. Please note: This film will screen on Friday evening, October 29th.
Movie website: www.mufilms.org/films/firstpersonplural
Going Home – directed by Jason Hoffmann: Jason is a Korean adoptee who grew up in New York City with Jewish parents, and who always identified himself as being a true New Yorker. He never expected to explore his complicated and concealed family history, but as he grew into adulthood, he became increasingly curious about his mysterious roots. In this film, Jason finally summons up the courage to initiate contact with his birth mother. Filled with deeply human moments of joy and pain, Going Home shares Jason’s intimate search in realizing what his life could have been had he not been adopted. In the face of adversity and complete upheaval of buried insecurities about his identity, Jason will find a profound new meaning of family.
Movie website: www.goinghomethemovie.com
Resilience – directed by Tammy Chu: This film takes a unique look at international adoption from the perspective of a Korean birth mother and her American son. A single story among the thousands of stories untold, the film follows the remarkable journey of Myungja as she reconnects with her son Brent (Sung-wook) after 30 years apart. Through their initial reunion on national television to subsequent meetings and departures, they attempt to build a relationship amidst family betrayal and the legacy of adoption.
Movie website: resiliencefilm.com
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee – directed by Deann Borshay Liem: Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the U.S. in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, this 8-year-old quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In this film, Deann returns to Korea to find the answers to these questions as well as her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.
Movie website: www.mufilms.org/films/matter-of-cha-jung-hee
BKA Film Festival website:http://www.bkadoptee.org/film/