OPENING NARRATION: Inter-country adoption, as we think of it today, started in South Korea. By the end of the Korean War, two million infants and children had been separated from their families of origin. From then to today, some 180,000 have been adopted...to the US, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Australia, and a dozen others. This project is about telling that story. Through our eyes. Our memories. Our origins in Korea. Our experiences in our adoptive families, in our adoptive countries. There have now been more than 60 years of inter-country adoption out of South Korea, setting the precedent for millions of adoptions out of many other countries. Stories like these help us better understand this very singular human experience.
PROJECT INFO: This short documentary film is a powerful, starkly minimalist distillation of "Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World" based on the first-person accounts of 100 men and women, born as South Koreans between 1940 and 1995, separated from their families of origin as infants and children, and placed in orphanages to be adopted to countries around the world, or to age out and remain in South Korea. Filming occurred over three years in South Korea, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, and Australia—in 16 cities and 6 languages. This project exists to tell many stories, because that’s what it takes to more fully understand 60+ years of history, and to represent an international subculture.
Directed by Glenn Morey and Julie Morey / Edited by David Emrich