[Formery Gajok] After deciding to start a family of his own, Eric, a Korean adoptee weighs the consequences of meeting his biological mother. The Day We Met is a story about hope, loss and the meaning of family.
After deciding to start a family, a Korean-Canadian adoptee weighs the consequences of meeting his biological mother.
Eric, a Korean-Canadian adoptee and his partner Steph, would love to start a family. Eric wants kids of his own but complications mean that adoption is the only real option, forcing Eric to confront his own ideas of identity and family. Steph thinks that meeting his biological mother would help Eric come to terms with his conflicted ideas of family. Eric is torn knowing that these things rarely have happy endings and that doing so would deeply hurt his adoptive parents. Ultimately, Eric decides to meet her, in the hope it will bring closure and allow them all to move forward as a family, but he soon learns that life rarely turns out the way you expect.
Meet the wonderfully talented team behind Ga-Jok. Directors: Nach (Inconceivable) and Mayumi (Akashi). Actors: Lee (The Man in the High Castle) Sam (Women of Marwen) Albert (The 100) DP: Angelica (The Birdwatcher) Editor: Andrea (Inconceiv
Eric is a Korean adoptee looking to start a family of his own with his loving partner Steph. However, due to complications, adoption seems to be their only option. Although Eric has never explicitly discussed it, he has always struggled with his own sense of identity and family. Eric, is played by Lee Shorten (Man in the High Castle, Supernatural, Arrow)
Steph is Eric's partner, in every sense of the word. Highly successful, strong willed and deeply compassionate. Steph encourages Eric to meet his biological mother so they can move forward with their own family. Steph, will be played by Sam Hum (Women of Marwen, NeOn)
Peter is Eric's best friend and confidante. Peter has recently become a father. Peter, is played by Albert Nicholas (The 100, Lucifer, Supernatural).
Due to the high casualties of the Korean War, the adoption of Korean children became an international initiative that resulted in the adoption over 100,000 Korean children by North American families alone. These children were typically raised by white, middle class families.
For the most part these children were adopted by loving and generous families who treated them as if they were their own children. Many grew up in mixed families.
Although most Korean adoptees childhood experiences were overwhelmingly positive many experienced racism. Some children struggled with concepts of identity and cultural disconnect, having grown up completely divorced from their outer identity, studies would later note that these children were raised as implicitly white. Few spoke Korean or had any notion of Korean culture. Some struggled with depression and a sense of abandonment, despite being raised by loving families.