In this Emmy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion. 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 led 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.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and was broadcast nationally on PBS through the award-winning documentary series, Point of View (POV). The film had an encore presentation on PBS along with its follow-up, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, on August 10, 2010.
"Since its debut in 2000, First Personal Plural has become a milestone in documentary film and adoption narratives...I highly recommend it for use in the classroom. It provides an effective introduction to the issues raised by adoption across borders and invariably provokes in-depth discussions around broader issues of transnational migration, gender, kinship, race, and multiculturalism." - Eleana Kim, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester
AWARDS & SCREENINGS
Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Achievement in the Craft of Directing 2000
Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival 2000
Best Documentary, DocAviv 2000
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2000
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