Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2008 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Resilience
Category OKF Fund
Project Resilience
Director Tammy CHU
Country USA/Korea
Director's Profile Tammy CHU was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted into the U.S. with her twin sister. She wrote and directed her first film, [Searching for Go-Hyang], an award-winning documentary about her personal experience with adoption and reuniting with her birth family. [Searching for Go-Hyang] has been broadcast on PBS, Korean TV(EBS), and screened internationally at over 25 film festivals, museums and events. She was the Associate Producer for Behind Forgotten Eyes and Production Coordinator (Korea production team) for Deann Borshay- Liem's Precious Objects of Desire. She has been living in Seoul for several years and is a co-founding member of Adoptee Solidarity Korea.
 
Synopsis
In a small country village in South Korea, a young single mother is forced to leave her baby with her mother to find work in the city. When the young woman returns, she is told that her baby was given away to a wealthy Korean family. Devastated, the young mother nearly drives herself to death trying to find her son, not knowing he was adopted into the U.S. Resilience reunites her with her son after thirty years.
Director's Note
Because International adoption has become a huge trend in recent years, it has come into the spotlight as celebrities like Angelina Jolie adopted children from Asia. The focus was most often on the adoptive parents and child. Rarely do we know or hear about what the experience was like for the birth mother and birth families. The director, inspired by her own birth mother and her questions about adoption, makes this film to shed light on the untold stories of Korea's birth mothers and the issues of Korean adoption that have been kept in the dark for so long. Her perspective as both a reunited adoptee and filmmaker is unique- as an "insider" who can relate directly to the experiences of both the adoptee and birth mother, and captures on film the nuances of these experiences.
Festivals
2009 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle 2009
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