First Person Plural

In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities.

FIRST PERSON PLURAL premiered at Sundance (2000) and went on to win numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize, Best Bay Area Documentary, Golden Gate Awards; the Golden Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival; Best Documentary at DocAviv; and a national Emmy Award nomination. The film aired nationally as part of the acclaimed documentary series, Point of View (POV) on PBS and had an encore presentation on PBS on August 10, 2010. In 2021, FIRST PERSON PLURAL was featured as part of Criterion Channel's Asian American Filmmaking 2000-2009 collection.

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