Deann Borshay

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Deann Borshay

Deann Borshay Liem Director/Producer/Writer at Mu Films. Worked at Swell Cinema. She is married to Paul Liem


Deann Borshay Liem has over twenty years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent documentaries. She is Producer, Director, and Writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000) and the award-winning film, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (PBS, 2010); Executive Producer for Spencer Nakasako’s Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998) and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award); and Executive Producer for On Coal River (Silverdocs, 2010) by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. She served as Co-Producer for Special Circumstances (PBS, 2009) by Marianne Teleki which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile. She was the former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media. A Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, Deann is the Director, Producer and Writer of the new feature-length documentary, Geographies of Kinship - The Korean Adoption Story.[1]


Studied at UC Berkeley.

North Korea May 2015

Christine Ahn posted April 26, 2018 ·

With Meri Joyce, JT Takagi, Chung Hyun Kyung, Coleen Baik, Jean Chung, Kozue Akibayashi, Gay Dillingham, Erika Guevara Rosas, Lisa Natividad, Grace Grace Grace, Hye-Jung Park, Deann Borshay Liem, Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright, Abby Disney, Gwyn Kirk, Jane Jin Kaisen, M. Brinton Lykes, Jodie Evans and Una Kim.


Lisa Natividad One of my fondest memories of being in the DPRK!!!!!

Ann Wright What great memories from our May 2015 trip to North Korea!! I hope we can go again--although the Trump administration is denying our requests for the Special Validation Passports they now require!

Kim Myoung Joon event

May 4, 2003 Berkeley, CA, Korea Solidarity Committee event hosted by Paul Liem and Deann Borshay;

Over the last year, anti-war protests in South Korea have grown from the hundreds to the tens of thousands. Peace activists, students, artists, NGOs, trade unions, workers, migrants, and anti-globalization activists are leading vocal protests against US-led war in Iraq and the South Korean government's support of the war effort.
Escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over the "nuclear crisis" have complicated South Korea's ability to oppose the Bush administration's war mongering policies. Although news reports estimate that as many as 80 percent of South Koreans oppose the war in Iraq, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has cited the need to maintain an alliance with the U.S. as justification for the nation's continued support of the Bush administration's policies.

Kim Myoung Joon will talk to us in-depth about how the threat of war on the Korean peninsula is shaping anti-war mobilizations in South Korea. He will also discuss the origins and dynamics of the anti-war mobilization in South Korea. Recent anti-war mobilizations reflect the first broad-based peace movement in South Korea. What are the events in South Korea that have led to this shift in the landscape of movement politics?

Kim Myoung Joon is the founder of Labor News Production, Seoul, Korea -- one of the most important labor video training centers in the world that has produced numerous films on the democratic labor movement in South Korea. He has also helped establish MediACT, a media center in Seoul committed to public access, independent film, and media literacy.[2]

Famine relief

Nicholas Liem and his mother Deann Borshay Liem raised famine relief at Korea Solidarity Committee and Korean Americans United for Peace vigil, San Francisco, 2003.[3]

Legacies of the Korean war archive


Legacies of the Korean War archive event was held October 17 2015. Participants were Ramsay Liem - Boston College, Deann Borshay - Mu Films, Namshee Lee - UCLA.