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Resilience (회복의 길)

회복의 길 (Hoi-bok-eui Gil)

Directed by Tammy Chu (태미 추)


75min | Release date in South Korea :

"Resilience" is a co-production between South Korea and the USA

Each year, thousands of children are sent to the West for adoption. South Korea has sent more children than any other country, an estimated 200,000 over the past 55 years. Despite being one of the world’s strongest economies, it continues to do so. With every new family created by adoption, another family gets torn apart.

A story of loss and separation, Resilience is a character-driven documentary that takes a unique look at international adoption from the perspective of a Korean birth mother and her American son. A single story among the thousands of stories untold, the film follows the remarkable journey of Myungja as she reconnects with her son Brent (Sung-wook) after 30 years apart. Through their initial reunion on national television to subsequent meetings and departures, they attempt to build a relationship amidst family betrayal and the legacy of adoption. But with so many obstacles--language, culture, distance, and unspoken loss--can two strangers find a way to become mother and son?


Resilience | Cast

  • No Myunja (노명자)
    Self, Mom
    (본인, 엄마)
  • Brent (브렌트)
    Self, Son
    (본인, 아들)

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  • San Diego Fest selects 7 Korean films
    2010/10/08, Source,
    A total of seven Korean features will be showcased to California audiences at the upcoming 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival, set to run Oct. 21 – 28. The fest will screen 140 films from 20 countries with a line-up of both commercial and art house favorites.

    Korean films in the program run th,...
  • [Korea Today] A peculiar family portrait, not yet complete

    2010/09/29, Source,
    Filmmaker documents post-adoption family reunion By Lee Hyo-won In any given fairytale, heroes overcome obstacles to arrive at a rewarding finale, but the lingering question remains — what happens in the happily ever after part? It's been 60 years since the Korean War (1950-53) broke out, but its remnants continue to haunt: beginning with war orphans, some 200,000 children were sent for international adoption. Television programs here frequently feature adoptees sharing their life story in a 30-second recap to search for their birth families and have dramatic reunions,...More
  • Filmmaker explores life after the reunion

    2010/09/23, Source,
    In 'Resilience', documentary filmmaker Tammy Chu (pictured above) tells the story of a Korean birth mother and her now-adult son, who as a child was adopted to the U.S., and their attempts to build a relationship after 30 years of living apart. By Oh Sang-min Television shows featuring reunions between long lost relatives are popular in Korea, which is perhaps not surprising given the division of North and South Korea and the heartache it continues to cause on both sides of the border. But the war that divided the country also gave birth to international adoption, and there have been several TV programs showing teary reunions between birth parents and the now-adults, who as children were adopted by parents in foreign countries. The scenarios on these programs are often similar: the adoptee waits nervously for her birth mother to come out from behind a curtain, and the two embrace as sad music plays in the background,...More
  • [Chuseok] English-subtitled films to catch eyes

    2010/09/20, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won

    The nation's biggest holiday means migrating to hometowns en masse for Seoulites, but for some local residents it might mean trying to find something to do in the eerily vacant city,...
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 Produced by
 Tammy Chu (태미 추)
75 min HD 16/9
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Airing dates : 2010/09/30

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