Searching for Go-Hyang

A film by Tammy Tolle

1998 | 32 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99608


A moving personal documentary, SEARCHING FOR GO-HYANG traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen year absence. Sent away by their parents for the promise of a better life in the US, they instead suffered mental and physical abuse by their adoptive parents, including the erasure of their cultural heritage and language. Reunited with their biological parents and brothers, the young women explore their past in an attempt to reconnect with their “Go-Hyang”, their homeland, which they find they may not have a place in anymore. Thousands of Korean and Chinese girl babies have been brought to the US for adoption in the last twenty years. This beautiful film is a rare feminist look at the issues of cross-cultural adoption and national identity.


“Searching for Go-Hyang’s exquisite design and rich, densely layered imagery penetrate deeply into that sacred territory of family and our fantasies of it.”

Patricia R. Zimmerman Ithaca College


  • Feminale Women’s Film Festival, Köln, Germany
  • PBS National Broadcast - Asian American Heritage Month
  • New England Film and Video Festival - Best Student Video
  • San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago & New York International Asian American Film Festivals
  • Nextframe International Film and Video Festival
  • The Oakland Museum


Tammy Tolle

Tammy Chu Tolle was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted to the U.S. with her twin sister. She wrote and directed her first film, Searching for Go-Hyang, an award-winning documentary that has been broadcast on PBS, Korean TV (EBS), and screened internationally at numerous film festivals, museums and events. She worked as the Associate Producer for Behind Forgotten Eyes, an award-winning documentary film narrated by LOST’S Yunjin Kim about the plight of the 200,000 Korean sexual slaves during WWII. She has been living in Seoul for several years and is part of the film collective, Nameless Films. She is currently working on her new film, RESILIENCE, a documentary about Korean international adoption and birth mothers recently awarded a production grant from the Pusan International Film Festival and fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies. (09/09)

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