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


Sh*t People Say to KADs: A Discussion on the KAD Identity Development

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
What time: 3:30-5:30pm and dinner to follow
Where: Hwa Sun Ji Tea & Coffee 3960 Wilshire Blvd (private room)

“Why don’t you speak Korean?”

“Where are you from? No, where are you really from?”

“Do you remember Korea?”

“Are you from North Korea or South Korea?”

“Oh wow you were adopted from Korea?! My friend’s cousin’s sister’s niece is adopted from Korea! Do you know her?”

Do you quotes sound all too familiar to you as a Korean adoptee? Why can’t we KADs jump on the “Sh*t People Say” bandwagon too?! How have these types of statements informed the person you are today?

Join us for a discussion on the journey of Korean adoptee identity development where we will engage in dialogue around what it means to be a Korean adoptee. Come out to share, learn, listen, and eat afterwards at a TBD location in Koreatown.

**dinner in Koreatown to follow

**free parking in the back from Ingraham St and also metered parking in the front on Wilshire


Adoptee Film Links on Resources Page

The Resources page has been updated to include links to descriptions of these adoptee films. If a picture says a thousand words, a film must say a million (at least). If you know of others that we can include in the list, please let us know.

Adopted the Movie
First Person Plural
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
A Brand New Life
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy
Off and Running
My Father