First Person Plural

Growing up in California, the memory of Deann Borshay Liem's birth family was nearly obliterated until dreams lead her to discover the truth.

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POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
December 18, 2000
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2000 SFFilm Festival-Grand Prize for Best Bay Area Documentary Feature
  • Producer

    Deann Liem

    Deann Borshay Liem has more than 20 years experience working in development, production, and distribution of educational and public television programming. She was producer/director/writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000; Grand Jury Award, Best Bay Area Documentary, San Francisco Intl. Film Show more Festival), and co-executive producer for Spencer Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998), and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award). She served as co-producer for Marianne Teleki’s Special Circumstances which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile. She is the former director of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) 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. Deann is a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship for her new feature-length documentary, Precious Objects of Desire, which is currently in production. Show less

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    The Film

    First Person Plural chronicles Deanne Borshay Liem’s experiences as a South Korean child adopted by a white American family. A first-time journey to Korea with her adoptive American mother and father reveals a deeply personal story about mistaken identity, and uncovers broader issues about the loss of culture resulting from assimilation and American attitudes toward immigrants and minorities.