Support the Geographies of Kinship Campaign!

Support the Geographies of Kinship Campaign!
Geographies of Kinship – The Korean Adoption Story is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker, Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee). The film follows Korean adoptees from the U.S. and Europe on their journeys to reconnect with their birth country and piece together their past. Deann is raising funds for the production phase of the project. Please click here to view the trailer and help get this film made!

A Note from Deann
While traveling around the world with my previous films, I’ve met hundreds of Korean adoptees from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada and heard countless stories from adoptees of all ages – sometimes heartbreaking, oftentimes funny and ironic, always inspiring.

Geographies of Kinship presents a small handful of the amazing stories I’ve heard from around the world. We meet, for example, Estelle Cooke-Sampson, a bi-racial adoptee who revisits the orphanage where she grew up until she was adopted by an African American soldier. Emma Anderson is a Swedish adoptee who visits Korea for the first time and unexpectedly reunites with her birth mother. Meanwhile, Michael Holloway meets his birth family via webcam on a live television show. He is shocked to discover he has an identical twin.

We have already started development of the project and shot some interviews. We’re now asking for contributions via Kickstarter so that we can continue our momentum and complete the shooting phase of the film. Your support will help get all the elements we need for the film so we can start editing and make what I know will be a fantastic film.

There are all sorts of exciting prizes in exchange for your support. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign and pass this link along to all your friends!

Thank you in advance and happy viewing!

Deann Borshay Liem
Producer/Director/Writer
Visit www.mufilms.org
Contact info@mufilms.org

 

Resilience at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Wed, May 4th @ 7 PM in K-Town)

We are so excited to continue our association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  This year we are co-sponsoring Tammy Chu’s remarkable documentary, Resilience.

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM @ CGV Cinemas Theater 1

Resilience tells the story of Korean adoptee Brent Beesley’s reunification with his birth mother, Myungja, and the challenges they face forging a familial bond after so many years apart.  The oft-silent voice in the adoption triad (birth family, Korean adoptee, adoptive family) is the birth mother, whose silence is reinforced by social pressure and internalized shame.  Of course, everyone featured in Resilience is courageous beyond words.  But, what makes Resilience  particularly special is Myungja’s determination to step into the spotlight and give eloquent and passionate voice to the “other side” of adoption.  If knowledge is power, then indeed, shining the light into this dark and obscured place of adoption – while challenging to watch – is ultimately empowering.

Following the screening…

  • There will be a short 15-minute “Question and Answer” session with producer Jessica Windt.  Jessica will shed light on the process of making Resilience and provide context for its remarkable story.
  • Beginning at 9:00 PM, please come out for dinner and drinks at Beer Halle!  Located just beneath the theater (no need to move your car!). Again, producer Jessica Windt will be on hand to answer any follow-up questions about the film and to share more about its genesis and production.

Theater Information & Parking:

Complimentary parking is available in the CGV Parking structure which can be accessed through the Manhattan Street entrance. Please plan on arriving early if you want to park for free. Otherwise there are paid lots and meters in the surrounding area.

621 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Purchasing Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased through AKA-SoCal directly or online, through the film festival.  If you do plan on attending, we ask that you buy your tickets through AKA-SoCal.  This is better for both you and AKA-SoCal.  You get a reduced price ($10, instead of $12), in addition AKA is reimbursed for our initial outlay to the festival (we don’t want to have leftover tickets that we already paid for).  You can purchase tickets through AKA-SoCal in one of two ways:

1.      Pay directly by cash or by check made out to AKA-SoCal, with LA APFF in the “memo” line

2.      Pay  by credit card via Paypal

Whichever way you chose, we ask you contact Max Choi at vice-president@aka-socal.org   Please provide him with:

1.     Your name

2.     Your address

3.     Your phone number

4.     The number of tickets you want to purchase

5.     Your preferred method of payment

6.     Whether or not you plan on attending the dinner with Jessica Windt (producer) after the screening

The deadline for buying tickets through AKA-SoCal, at the reduced price, is: Monday, May 2nd.  If AKA-SoCal runs out of reduced-price tickets before the deadline, we will let you know via our website.  Please check it periodically for updates.  We will then release the code for purchasing discounted tickets through the Film Festival’s website.

Time and again, this film has proved its significance and power; you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to watch it among a KAD community. We can’t wait to see you there!