‘Twinsters’ – a powerful and inspirational documentary tells the real story of two twin sisters – Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, who were born in South Korea. The twins were separated at birth, Samantha adopted to the United States and Anaïs in France.
Here is the trailer:
In an exclusive interview with the Legion of Leia, the twins shared their inspiring journey. Anaïs was initially studying in London when her friend saw Samantha’s YouTube videos and noticed that the two looked identical. Anaïs then contacted Samantha, who stated that she initially thought that Anaïs was “just some crazy person” but after she saw her pictures on her profile and after realizing that the two shared a birthday, the girls thought that they might be twins.
Neither girl knew that she had a twin sister. In fact, Samantha had previously traveled to South Korea to look at her birth records but did not know that she had a sibling. The two girls messaged each other the next day and Skyped the following week and met 3 months later in London. They both reported that it was an emotional and overwhelming journey, experiencing happiness, nervousness, excitement, and many other emotions all at the same time. Samantha stated that she’d “never been more present in [her] life”. Later, the girls took a DNA test and it confirmed that they were sisters and their families became connected as well.
The girls hope that the viewers will learn that people are not bound by family relations, family can be anyone, people can be separated by thousands of miles but love prevails over distance. The sisters report that it feels like they’ve known each other their whole lives, they feel connected, almost like soul-mates. The girls later went to Korea for IKAA (International Korean Adoptive Association) to speak and connect with others who experienced being born in Korea and being adopted to another country.
The girls began documenting their journey as soon as they started talking for their own memories and it wasn’t until sometime later that someone recommended that they make a documentary about their journey. The documentary features the original chats, messages, email, and videos in an emotional and tear-provoking journey.
The documentary is currently out in theaters and is one of the most powerful and heartfelt documentaries of this year. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Legion of Leia.
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