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Operation Babylift Adoptee Tells Her Story Through Film

New Orleans filmmaker Saran Bynum
The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans filmmaker Saran Bynum

In her debut film Where I Stand, Saran Bynum tells the story of a Vietnamese adoptee searching for her biological parents. It's based loosely on her own life. Born overseas to a Vietnamese mother and Black U.S. Serviceman, Bynum was dropped off at the gates of an orphanage and airlifted out of Vietnam as part of Operation Babylift in 1975. She was adopted by a loving couple living in Gentilly. The Historic New Orleans Collection interviewed Bynum for their series, NOLA Life Stories.

Joe Shriner is an independent radio producer and audio engineer in New Orleans.
Mark Cave is an oral historian and senior curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection.