Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||Dear My Genius|
There are three genius-related women in my family; Genius maker, Genius wannabe, and an Ex-genius. I’m the Ex-genius who used to study science and as a teenager participated in the NASA camp in the U.S. That’s all in the past now; I became the typical example of a slacker with a quarter-life crisis now. My little sister, the Genius wannabe, lives a busy life filled with extra classes Monday to Friday. The Genius maker is my mom, the motivator of our family. She is a veteran mother, but the result of all her previous efforts with me confuses her. As a person who experienced the rigorous education system firsthand, I have many things to tell them. I try to save my family from its obsession with educational success. Sometimes I am frustrated by a truth that I can never deny: every mother wants their child to live a better life than they themselves did, and that’s why my mom pushes her baby daughter. I wonder why all mothers and kids are not happy to live a ‘non-guaranteed better life’.
The future that my little sister wants is a ‘successful life’ after becoming a gifted child and doing extra studying. That was what I wanted, too. But so far, having that title as a gifted child did not necessarily add up to the success that I wanted. Also I learned that being ‘successful’ does not always mean a happy, rosy life. I started to think about my own definition of a happy life when I escaped the big education system. In Korea, everything is about competition and being better than everyone else. It’s just about surviving in a jungle. But if everyone wants a ‘happy life’ in the end, there is a need for a serious consideration about the education today, because it makes people feel numb about how to really live one’s life to the fullest. If I can share my story as well as my family’s story, and the stories of my friends, I think it can help change what the educational system in Korea has forgotten or simply ignored about. This, I believe, can contribute to facilitating for the next generation to dream a happier future.