Resilience takes a look at a side of adoption rarely told: what happens after the reunion? Following a Korean birth mother and her American son as they reunite and attempt to build a relationship amidst cultural clashes and unable to speak each others' language, the film follows mother and son as they struggle to become a family again.
As a young mother, Myung-ja found herself on the verge of poverty and desperation. Leaving her son in the care of relatives, she went to another city for work. When she returned, her baby was taken away and put up for adoption.
Living in South Dakota, Brent had an all-American upbringing, hardly questioning his Korean identity, but he had always wondered why he was put up for adoption. He never thought he would get an answer, and especially not on national Korean TV where, for the first time, he meets his birth mother.
Myung-ja and Brent's reunion after 30 years changes their lives forever. Resilience follows mother and son as they navigate their delicate path towards reconciliation and understanding.
*Best Documentary Asian Film Festival of Dallas *Best Documentary Feature DC APA Film Festival *Grand Jury Award Nominee, Best Documentary Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival *Best Documentary Finalist Palm Beach Women's Int'l Film Festival *Asian Network of Documentary Award Pusan Int'l Film Festival *Official Selection Vancouver Asian Film Festival *Official Selection IAWRT India Asian Women's Film Festival *Official Selection San Diego Asian Film Festival *Official Selection Annual Asian Studies Film Expo: Asia In Current Motion
"Compelling" -The Korea Herald
"Intimate, charming, compelling." -10 Magazine, Korea
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