POV, Global Voices
Deann Borshay Liem searches for her “double” to resolve a case of mistaken identity when a South Korean orphanage switched their identities.
Growing up in California, the memory of Deann Borshay Liem's birth family was nearly obliterated until dreams lead her to discover the truth.
Deann Borshay Liem has more than 20 years experience working in development, production, and distribution of educational and public television programming. She was producer/director/writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000; Grand Jury Award, Best Bay… Area Documentary, San Francisco Intl. Film Festival), and co-executive producer for Spencer Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998), and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award). She served as co-producer for Marianne Teleki’s Special Circumstances which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile.
She is the former director of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media. Deann is a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship for her new feature-length documentary, Precious Objects of Desire, which is currently in production.
First Person Plural chronicles Deanne Borshay Liem’s experiences as a South Korean child adopted by a white American family. A first-time journey to Korea with her adoptive American mother and father reveals a deeply personal story about mistaken identity, and uncovers broader issues about the loss of culture resulting from assimilation and American attitudes toward immigrants and minorities.