Glenn Morey and his wife and co-director, Julie Morey, have spent years conceiving of, producing and directing Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World, a multi-tiered documentary and audio/visual art installation.
By Glenn Morey (AKA Kim Kang), filmmaker
Focused on changing the narrative of intercultural adoption beyond rescue and compassion, Side by Side documents 100 first-person stories from 100 transracial adult adoptees recounting their deeply personal, singular lived experiences. Since the 1950s, there have been nearly a million of these adoptions, starting with South Korea and peaking in numbers between the ’80s and ’00s. Neither an endorsement or indictment of intercultural adoption, this project provides willing viewers with a window into the oral history of a profound movement in South Korea that continues to shape the country to this day. Hyphen had the chance to speak with Director Glenn Morey about his process and experiences throughout the course of this project.