Cheongju, South Korea 1977. A young struggling mother leaves her son with relatives while she looks for work. When she returns, her baby is gone.
South Dakota, USA 2005. A single father seeks medical records for his daughter. His journey leads him to a foreign place, the country of his birth. On Korean national television, he meets the mother he lost almost 30 years before.
Resilience is a feature documentary that looks at a side of international adoption rarely seen—what happens after the reunion. This award-winning film follows Myung-ja and Brent as they attempt to build a relationship after 30 years apart. Unable to communicate with each other, and amidst cultural clashes, the film follows the perspectives of both mother and son as they struggle to become a family again.