Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Approved For Adoption
dir. Laurent Boileau 2013 | Documentary Feature Film | 74 min.
This remarkable animated doc tells the personal story of Korean Belgian filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. Stranded between two cultures from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, Jung’s story is told through sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – following him well into his teenage years when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. Largely using his own animation, Jung masterfully intercuts with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
Accompanied by short animation “Decorations”
Director: Mari Miyazawa | 7 mins
In a quaint kitchen in a house tucked away in the outskirts of the city, the birth of a new life brings turmoil and change amidst preparations for a banquet.