Two Films by Deann Borshay Liem


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Two Films by Deann Borshay Liem

  1. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
First Person Plural (2000) is a poignant essay on family, loss, and identity, as the director searches for her biological mother. The film received an Emmy® nomination for Best Director.

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (2010) follows the filmmaker to Korea in search of the mysterious girl whose place she took in America when she was adopted. Part mystery, part personal odyssey, it raises fundamental questions about who we are and who we could be but for fate.

(HD Cam presentation, Korean language with English subtitles)

This program is presented in collaboration with POV, PBS’s award winning nonfiction film series.

This series presented in partnership with IU Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian Culture Center, Asian American Studies Program, East Asian Studies Center, and IU Cinema.

Deann Borshay Liem has over twenty years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent documentaries. She is Producer, Director, and Writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000) and the award-winning film, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (PBS, 2010); Executive Producer for Spencer Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998) and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award); and Executive Producer for On Coal River (Silverdocs, 2010) by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. She served as Co-Producer for Special Circumstances (PBS, 2009) by Marianne Teleki which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile. She was the former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media. A Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, Deann is the Director, Producer and Writer of the new feature-length documentary, Geographies of Kinship - The Korean Adoption Story.

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