Film presentation: "In the Matter of Cha Jung" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Film presentation: "In the Matter of Cha Jung"

March 23, 2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Deann Borshay Liem

Pittsburgh Adoption Consortium

Press release, Feb. 22, 2011

For more information, contact Marianne Novy,

Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies along with the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences, the Asian Studies Center, the Film Studies Program, and the Women’s Studies Program are proud to present acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem presenting and discussing her film “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee”, with a response by Lucy Fischer,  Distinguished Professor of English and Film. The viewing and discussion will take place: Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm, room 349 of the Cathedral of Learning

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 eight-year-old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. Why had her identity been switched? Who was the real Cha Jung Hee? “In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee” is the search to find the answers, following a filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (producer/director/writer) as she returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. In the film she meets many women named Cha Jung Hee and through their stories imagines what her life would have been like had she stayed in Korea. She also delves deeper into the bureaucratic switch that changed her life and raises questions about the history and ethics of international adoptions from South Korea. This film premiered in 2010,  a co-production of Mu Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Katahdin Productions, and American Documentary/P.O.V., with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). It has received the following awards:

Comcast Audience Award, Best Documentary, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (North Carolina)

Special Jury Award, Best Director, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Special Jury Award, Best Editing, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The film is a sequel to the award-winning “First Person Plural”, which Deann Borshay Liem will show at 2pm, Wednesday, March 23 in Marianne Novy’s class Literature of Adoption, meeting in room 2320 of the Cathedral of Learning .

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