Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home


Total votes: 113

Duration: 1 hr. 36 min.

Year: 2021

Country: South Korea

Native Title: 집에서, 집으로

Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

Alternative Titles: Jibeseo Jibeulo

Genre: Documentary


Anna, Korean name Kim Myong Hee. 43 years after her adoption to the United States, she visits a remote island in the Yellow Sea. There in Deokjeok Island live Suh Jae Song and In Hyun Ae, a couple who raised orphaned Anna as if she were their own. Their house on the island has two special rooms. One is a room full of records of all the children the couple sent foradoption. The other is a temporary home for all adoptees who come visit Korea later in life. The couple lived as foster parents for these children for 30 years since 1966. Together with a Catholic priest from the US, they sent 1,600 kids to the US for adoption. They sent Myong Hee, then 14-year-old, and her two brothers to a family in the US in the hopes of them living in a happy household under loving parents. But contrary to their wishes, Myong Hee’s life in America turns out to be a series of pain and misfortunes. For the first time in 43 years, Myong Hee talks about her painful memories.

(Source: SIFF)


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