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Twins Separated at Birth Reunite to Produce Documentary

What would you do if you discovered you had a twin sibling you never knew existed?

Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier / Facebookstories.com
Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier / Facebookstories.com

Twin sisters separated at birth and reunited via Facebook some 25 years later.

Sounds like a story so unlikely it can’t be true, but in this case, it is.

Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier were born in South Korea in 1987 and put up for adoption. 

Samantha ended up being raised in Verona, NJ, Anaïs in Paris.

Samantha went on to study theater arts and anthropology at Boston University and move to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Anaïs studied textiles at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d'Art in France and fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, and works as a designer.

Early last year Anaïs spotted a young woman in a YouTube video that looked shockingly similar to herself. Anaïs did some internet sleuthing and discovered that that girl was Samantha, an American actress now living in L.A. 

Her research revealed that they had both been adopted and shared a birthday—Anaïs knew this couldn’t be a coincidence and reached out to Samantha via Facebook.

The pair corresponded frequently over the next several months and their budding relationship culminated when Samantha and her family traveled to London to meet Anaïs and her’s in May 2013.

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

“I didn't know I was that short,” Anaïs noted following their first meeting.

The pair decided to make a documentary of their once-in-a-lifetime experience and raised $40,000 via Kickstarter.

Now the girls are going through a second round of Kickstarter funding to finish their full-length documentary.

"We are firm supporters of the social media world. Having access to such a powerful resource as Kickstarter, we are beyond grateful to have the chance to complete this project with the generous support of the people who are truly invested," the sisters wrote on their Kickstarter page. "Without the world of social media, we would have never been able to connect."

Linda R February 12, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Why weren't they adopted together? This is so sad, but now happy!
Judy February 15, 2014 at 03:10 PM
This is a wonderful story. Many years ago, I read a book about a true story: The Twins Who Found Each Other. I just found it on Amazon: by Bard. Lindeman (Author). These twins found so many things they had in common that it was uncanny. It sure made me think about the 'nature' vs 'nurture' concepts.
Linda Lombri February 15, 2014 at 08:41 PM
This is so cool. I adopted my daughter in China 19 years ago and we've lately talked about whether she might have a sibling or 2 back there, which is possible. I have often thought that social media might one day make it possible for her to find answers or info on her birth family if she chooses to look. This story makes that possibility so real.
Catherine February 17, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Linda Lombri: There is a TV show on Friday nights on TNT called APB with Troy Dunn. He is known as "Troy Dunn The Locator" and he has helped many family members find each other...even after many years of being separated. I believe you can write to him and get the information. Here is the link to the website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/apb-with-troy-dunn/?SR=apb%20with%20troy%20dunn&SR=APB_with_Troy_Dunn There are many encouraging stories you can watch and read about. All the best! Cathy

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