Friday Feb. 21 at 11am - Approved for adoption

Additional screening on February 28th

A heartbreaking exploration of the conflicted identity of Jung, a famous Belgian-korean cartoonist.

200,000 Korean children have been dispersed throughout the world since the end of the Korean War. Jung, born in 1965 in Seoul and adopted in 1971 by a Belgian family, is one of these children.
Adapted from a graphic novel, Approved for Adoption takes a look at a few key moments in Jung's life: the orphanage, arriving in Belgium, family life, a difficult adolescence... It recounts the events that have led Jung to accept the contradictions of his existence. Being uprooted, identity issues, integration, maternal love, and a reconstituted and mixed race family are just some of the themes that are broached with poetry, humor and emotion. Consisting of an amazing mix of live-action and drawn images, between present and past, and employing historical and family archives, Approved for Adoption is an animated autobiographical tale that breaks new ground.

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Additional Info

  • Director: Jung, Laurent Boileau
  • Country: France, Belgium
  • Cast: William Coryn, Christelle Cornil, Jean-Luc Couchard
  • Language: French (with English subtitles)
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • Year: 2012
  • Rating: PG (From 14 years and up)


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