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Twinsters

Adopted, raised on different continents and connected through social media, Samantha and Anaïs realized they might be twins separated at birth.

  • Anaïs
  • Samantha

Born 19 November

Anaïs

Hometown
Paris, France

Samantha

Hometown
Verona, New Jersey

Anaïs Fleur Bordier
  • Born in Busan, South Korea
  • Put into foster care through Holt International Children's Services
  • Raised in Belgium and Neuilly-sur-seine, France
  • Studied textiles at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in France and fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design in London
  • Works as designer for Gerard Darel in Paris, France
Samantha Ra-Hee Futerman
  • Born in Busan, South Korea
  • Put into foster care through Spence-Chapin Adoption Services
  • Raised in Verona, NJ
  • Studied theatre arts and anthropology at Boston University
  • Pursuing acting career in Los Angeles, CA
Anaïs
Samantha
Anaïs
Samantha
Anaïs
Samantha
Anaïs

In December 2012, a friend posted a photo on my Facebook timeline that included a photo of me and a screenshot of someone in a YouTube video.

Anaïs

The girl on the picture was looking at me, and I was looking back at myself.

I was adopted, but I thought if I had a twin sister, it would have been mentioned on my adoption records. I researched a bit more on the doppelganger, but could not find any information on her.

Anaïs

Two months later, a friend told me that the girl was in a new film, “21 & Over.” After scrutinizing the trailer and scanning the cast and crew’s names, I could finally search: “Samantha Futerman.”

Anaïs

My blood pressure dropped and my eyes opened as wide as they physically could on her date and place of birth: South Korea. I turned to my friend on the bus and excitedly shouted,

“She is born 11/19/1987!!!!”

“So what?” he casually asked.

“I am born 11/19/1987!!!!”

Her name and surname sounded like she would have been adopted too. Then I found her YouTube video: “How It Feels to Be Adopted.”.When I first saw the video, I thought that my American accent sounded amazing! Then I realized… oh right… NOT me. I immediately thought of The Parent Trap, except that it was reaI life.

I decided to get in touch with her.

Anaïs Bordier
Hey,

My name is Anaïs, I am french and live in London,

About 2 months ago, my friend was watching one of your videos with Kevjumba on youtube, and he saw you and thought that we looked really very similar...
like... VERY REALLY SIMILAR...we were making jokes about it etc. (I'm always being violent with people and hitting them too hahaha)

Today, he saw the trailer of 21 & over and told me he saw you again, I then checked your name on the cast, stalked you A BIT, and found out you were born the 19th of november 1987.

I checked more of your videos (which are hilarious) and then came upon how it feels to be adopted'... and discovered you were adopted too.

So..I don't want to be too Linday Lohan,
well...but..how to put it..I was wondering where you were born?
I was born on the 19th of November 1987, in Busan but my papers were made at the Holt Chuldren's Institute, so "officially" I was born in Seoul. My korean name is Kim Eunwha. I arrived in France the 5th March 1988, so 3 months later.

You can check my facebook if you want to check the pictures and videos. It's more obvious on videos...

Let me know...don't freak out...
Lots of love

Anaïs

11:47 am

Samantha

At first glance, I saw only my own face staring back from “her” profile picture. After I read her message, I had to talk to her. Through just a few brief-yet-super-effing-loaded Facebook interactions, I was positive that this girl was in fact my biological twin sister.

We met on Skype five days later.

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Samantha

Anaïs and I knew that our story only happens in movies… and of course me and all my friends are involved in the entertainment industry and filmmaking. Everyone encouraged me to keep records of the process because it was so unique. Anaïs and I wanted to share our story with the world, so we decided to make a documentary with our friends.

We went over budgeting and decided that the best way to raise money was through Kickstarter because social media had already been the catalyst for our reunion. We thought we should keep our lives in the world that had given us so much already! We ended up raising more than $40,000, which funded the first portion of our production, including our first meeting in London.

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Meeting each other in person was...weird. Even after seeing each other and talking every single day online.

Anaïs

Seeing Sam for the first time put me into shock. I didn't know I was that short.

Samantha

Height/Eyes/Hair
4'10", brown, brown

Anaïs

Height/Eyes/Hair
1,53m, brown, brown

Samantha

We originally planned for our production to be only 10 days in London, but as our relationship expanded, so did our film!

Anaïs

Since our first meeting, we have had the opportunity to travel around the globe together, discovering more about ourselves every single day.

I went to visit Sam in LA

Anaïs

Hobbies/skills
Yoga, eating (or did I mean “cooking?”), weird contemporary exhibitions, films, sending weird emoticons to Sam when she least expects it.

Samantha

Hobbies/skills
Yoga, Cooking, Movies and annoying Anaïs through text messages.

Anaïs

Favorite book, movie, tv show
Harry Potter, Blade Runner, Sherlock

Samantha

Favorite book, movie, tv show
Harry Potter, The Departed, Game of Thrones

We explored our homeland in South Korea

And attended a conference with Korean adoptees from across the globe.

Samantha

We even celebrated our first birthday together in Paris!

Samantha

Anaïs also experienced her first Thanksgiving in the States.

Now we are working to finish our documentary, with the help of our Kickstarter backers.

We have a second Kickstarter campaign going on now. Donate to help us make this movie the best it can be. We want to represent the extremity of our relationship and the epic connectedness every single person has to the world thanks to platforms like Facebook. We are also writing a book with Penguin Publishing Company. Hopefully both will be available by 2015.

Anaïs

Favorite food, least favorite food
French (Korean is second on the list), I HATE cooked carrots too.

Samantha

Favorite food, least favorite food
Korean BBQ is my favorite! I HATE Bell Peppers & Cooked carrots.

Samantha

This entire experience has expanded and opened my mind to accept whatever happens. It has also taught me that family is so much more than I had ever expected. The definition of family is constantly being redefined, and that is thrilling!

Anaïs

This past year has broadened my mind and has showed me how exciting life really is. I must always be ready for the unexpected. It reminds me that remarkable, true, stories happen every single day.

Visit the Twinsters’ Facebook Page and Kickstarter Page.

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