OUT OF A SOUTH KOREAN ORPHANAGE: GLENN MOREY’S STORY ABOUT FINDING HIS VOICE AND CREATING A DOCUMENTARY [S5E4]
In this episode of ADOPTION NOW:
Glenn Morey, an award-winning film director and inter-country adoptee, shares details of his personal story and his film project focused telling adoptee stories
As an adult adoptee, it can often be difficult to find your voice and an identity without knowing your origins. Glenn Morey knows this struggle all too well.
A Korean-American filmmaker who was adopted from a South Korean orphanage in 1960 at the age of 6 months old, Glenn spent the majority of his life searching for a place to fit in amongst his American life and Korean heritage.
It wasn’t until a ‘mid-life crisis’ that Glenn began to explore his Korean background and uncover the wide array of stories from other Korean adoptees.
Inspired by the life-altering stories he heard, Glenn came out of retirement to produce and co-direct the film Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World, documenting 100 stories from other people whose early lives included time in a Korean orphanage before eventually being placed into the world.
Through his work, Glenn is opening our eyes to the commonalities and differences found in Korean adoption stories, and how he works every day to come to terms with family connections, ethnic individuality and finding a place in the world.
An incredibly revealing experience and enormously useful project for both adoptees and adoptive parents alike, Glenn uses the Side by Side Project as a way to help others become more comfortable having difficult conversations.
By looking at race from the perspective of international adoption, he helps adoptive parents better understand how to nurture and raise a child who may feel different in their family and community. He also offers insight on how to encourage adoptees to embrace and process their conflicting feelings.
This is not a sugar-coated episode about adoption.
Glenn shares real stories he heard from orphans who experienced everything from aging out of institutional child care system in Korean to being adopted by abusive and destructive parents.
This is a powerful, eye-opening, MUST-LISTEN-TO episode that shares the stories of loss, identity and truly finding yourself.
Glenn’s ‘Side by Side’ Project unearthed the inner journey and narratives of a collection of people who have never shared their adoption stories before. Through his work, he’s opened the floodgates for a generation of adoptees to heal and claim their place in the world.
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