Side by Side is a project documenting 100 individual stories…we spent 5 years preserving personal memories and experiences of abandonment, relinquishment, orphanages, aging out, and inter-country adoption out of South Korea.
By Glenn Morey (AKA Kim Kang), filmmaker
We began filming interviews 5 years ago.
We started in South Korea, with eleven nationals who had aged out of orphanages. From there, we filmed interviews with adopted Koreans in eight U.S. cities coast to coast, then on to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, and Melbourne.
Over the course of 3 years, 7 countries, 6 languages, and 16 cities, we acquired the first-person narratives of 100 orphans and “social orphans” born in South Korea between 1944 and 1995—a diverse representation of millions of infants and children who were somehow separated from their families of origin, institutionalized in orphanages.