First Person Plural

Growing up in California, the memory of Deann Borshay Liem's birth family was nearly obliterated until dreams lead her to discover the truth.

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POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
December 18, 2000
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2000 SFFilm Festival-Grand Prize for Best Bay Area Documentary Feature
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    Deann Borshay Liem

    Deann Borshay Liem is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian known for films that explore adoption, war, and memory. Her films include First Person Plural, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, Geographies of Kinship, Memory of Forgotten War, Crossings, and the oral history project, Legacies of the Korean War. She is producer for Vivien’s Wild Ride.

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    The Film

    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.