In the matter of Cha Jung Hee /
co-production of Mu Films and the Independent Television Service in association with Center for Asian American Media, Katahdin Productions and American Documentary/P.O.V. ; producers, Deann Borshay Liem, Charlotte Lagarde ; written and directed by Deann Borshay Liem.
[Harriman, N.Y.] : New Day Films, ©2010.
1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
1574482777, 9781574482775
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[Harriman, N.Y.] : New Day Films, ©2010.
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Theatrical version (62 min.) -- PBS/Educational version (51 min.).
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Co-writer and editor, Vivien Hillgrove ; cinematographers, Michael Chin and Byung Ho Lee ; original music by Todd Boekelheide.
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"Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)"--Back of container.
Originally produced for the PBS series Point of View in 2010.
Deann Borshay Liem.
"Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40 year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, this 8 year old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First person plural, PBS 2000) returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. As seen on PBS on the award-winning series, Point of View (POV)"--Container.
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In English and Korean, with English subtitles. PBS/Educational version has closed captioning.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-03-01:
Unlike many Korean adoptees, director Liem has already found and reconciled with her biological family after having had a happy life with her American parents (now deceased) for more than 40 years. Yet the filmmaker (First Person Plural) still had one question unanswered from her former life. In this film, she goes to South Korea in search of the real Cha Jung Hee, whose name and identity she assumed as an eight-year-old orphan when her adoptive parents came looking for a child. With the help of a translator (Liem no longer speaks Korean), a television show, and 100 phone calls, she follows leads to various women with that name. The old newsreel footage presented and the stories of average South Koreans are interesting, but this search seems to be a lot of bother for little return. More absorbing, but given much less time, are the orphanages and the big business of adoption in Korea. Liem's narrative about her search for identity and the fate of an unknown person seems overblown and inconsequential in comparison. The production values are high; recommended for libraries with heavy Asian interests.-Kitty Chen Dean, formerly with Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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