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First Person Plural

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Encore Broadcast Date: August 10, 2010

PBS Premiere: December 18, 2000


In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and sent from Korea to her new home in California. There the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated, until recurring dreams led her to investigate her own past, and she discovered that her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Borshay Liem embarks on a heartfelt journey in this acclaimed film that first premiered on POV in 2000. First Person Plural is a poignant essay on family, loss and the reconciling of two identities. POV will present the filmmaker’s follow-up, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. A co-presentation of ITVS and the Center for Asian American Media.

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TAGS: adoption, adoptive parents, birth parent, children, identity, immigration, korea

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Film Information

First Person Plural (60 min.)

Premiere Date: December 18, 2000

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 10, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Deann Borshay Liem Bio | Interview


Deann Borshay Liem
Deann Borshay Liem

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