Documentary to show adoptee stories

I saw Deann’s first documentary, “First Person Plural,” more than 10 years ago. I was living in NYC just learning I was a person of color, trying to sort out all this adoption, Korean person, “minority” stuff for the first time. Deann’s film blew my mind. Fast forward ten years, I met Deann at our own BKA film festival in Boston. She’s an incredibly thoughtful, warm, thought-provoking filmmaker. I like the way she occupies space. You can tell she’s comfortable in her own skin, and as a Korean adoptee, that’s so refreshing to see.

Anyway, I gave to her fundraising efforts because I believe in her project. You can find the link to donate (and learn more about the project) here. (Pretty moving trailer–I warn you!) You can read the KH article about her project below.

Seeking funds to film Korea’s adoption story: Korean-American adoptee aims to map ‘Geographies of Kinship’ across the globe, The Korea Herald, 2012-07-04 19:27

Growing up in 1960s Fremont, California, Deann Borshay Liem imagined that she was the only Korean in a white family across all of America’s vast suburbia.

But, as the girl who was sent at age 8 from a Korean orphanage to be adopted in the U.S. slowly discovered, there are almost 200,000 more like her throughout the world. Hearing some of these others adoptees’ stories has helped her understand herself and realize that she was not alone.

The now 55-year-old documentary maker used film to unravel her own tangled life story in two award-winning productions. And she is now raising funds to record the dramatic homecomings of other Korean diaspora.

Korean-American Michael Holloway is pictured as a child with his adoptive family. (Mu Films)

Liem traveled the world meeting hundreds of Korean adoptees as she filmed two autobiographical documentaries.

Read the full article here.


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