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AKA Adoptee Forum | Side x Side Short Film

  • Women Make Movies 115 West 29th Street, Suite 1200 New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

“Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World” is a multi-platform documentary project revealing 60+ years of inter-country adoption through first-person stories. Conceptualized and directed by Korean-born adoptee, Glenn Morey, and co-director, Julie Morey, “Side by Side” documents the singular, deeply personal, lived experiences of adoptees. By empowering adult adoptee voices, we move beyond overly simplistic and reductive narratives like rescue and compassion, and the complexities of transracial and transcultural adoption are revealed. “Side by Side” was five years in the making and released in 2018.

At this special screening, we will share the first NY public showing of this short film. Afterwards, Glenn Morey will discuss its emotional content, provide insights into the film’s intent, and delve into the challenges faced in completing this masterful documentary. Joining him will be Colin Cowley and possibly other local adoptees who appear in the film.

WHO: Adoptees only
WHEN: Monday February 25th 6:45pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: Women Make Movies, 115 W 29th Street, Suite 1200
COST: $5 for non-members, FREE for members.
RSVP: email Bianca Kuijper to RSVP and for questions


Glenn Morey, has worked in film since 1981 as a writer, creative director, commercial and documentary filmmaker, including as an Executive Producer for the Mustapha Khan documentary film, House on Fire: Black America Responds to AIDS, which was awarded Best Documentary for the Houston International Film Festival, broadcast on PBS, and selected for a number of international film festivals. As the CEO of the Morey Group of branding, advertising, and online publishing companies, he is the recipient of hundreds of creative advertising awards, as well as recognition by Adweek and Advertising Age magazines. Glenn’s personal story, as an inter-country adoptee from South Korea, was the initial motivating and creative force behind Side by Side.


Colin is a native New Yorker with a Bachelors in post production, and a certification in wine and spirits. Shortly after graduating Emerson College in Boston MA, Colin returned home for a job at The Food Network, but instead became intrigued by the world of wines while working at The Waverly Inn, a restaurant in the West Village. For the next six years he worked at a number of different restaurants as a sommelier, and most recently as a manager at Oceana Restaurant in midtown. When not at work, Colin skateboards, draws, and likes to spend his time in his old neighborhood with childhood friends.

*** The purpose of Also-Known-As adoptee forums are to create a confidential and safe space for adoptees to discuss personal topics. These forums are only open to adoptees. While we welcome community supporters, friends, and families of adoptees to many of our events, our forums are closed to non-adoptees. ***