Cast: Dae-won Kim, Estelle Cooke-Sampson, Jane Jeong Trenka, LenaKim Arctaedius
In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth and recover the personal histories that were lost when they were adopted. Raised in foreign families, each sets out on a journey to reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew. Along the way there are discoveries and dead ends, as well as mysteries that will never be unraveled.
Ultimately what emerges is a deepened sense of self and belonging, as well as a sense of purpose, as Geographies of Kinship’s four protagonists question the policies and practices that led South Korea to become the largest “sending country” in the world—with 200,000 children adopted out to North America, Europe and Australia. Emboldened by their own experiences and what they have learned, these courageous characters become advocates for birth family and adoptee rights, support for single mothers, and historical reckoning.
Co-presented by: Adult Asian Adoptees of Washington
Be sure to also catch the related panel, Real Life Journeys and Experiences of Transnational Adoptees, Sat, Feb 22, 4:30 pm, up the street at Northwest Film Forum following the screening. In this panel, adult adoptees from Korea who live here in the Seattle Area share their own stories, experiences, and thoughts on Korea’s global adoption program. Tickets for the panel are just $5.