Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, “I think we might be twins…don’t freak out…”
It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987—the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact—via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: Could they be twins?
Thus begins their remarkable journey to build a relationship as sisters, continents apart. Over Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, they learned that they shared much more than a strikingly similar appearance. Eventually, they traveled to Korea together to discover more about the land of their separation. One of Facebook’s Top Ten Stories of 2013, Separated @ Birth is a story that spans the world and peels back some of the complex and emotional layers of foreign adoption.
“[An] incredible story. Inspiring and winning, Sam and Anaïs’ tale is a testament to the power of sisterhood as well as the way social media can positively affect lives.” —Booklist
“Welcome to The Parent Trap on steriods, with higher stakes and minus Lindsay Lohan’s adorable high jinks. There’s a subtext of sadness here—these sisters were cheated out of a lot of years and adventures together—but their outlook is downright inspiring. Instead of pointing fingers and mining the past for answers, they race into each other’s arms and proceed joyously into the future together.” —Glamour.com