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Many Americans can not fathom how many adoptees there are in Europe. But here in Seoul I meet the ones who have returned, and I must say, they are distinctly European in their outlook and the way in which they have handled (or not) the burden of being raised in distinct mono-cultures.
We just got word of this animated film and look forward to its completion and eventual release.
Here’s the write-up from Imprint TALK: Fresh Asian Pop Culture
Approved for Adoption, a hybrid animated/documentary, is being hailed as the Korean Persepolis. Persepolis was an Oscar nominated film in 2007 that used animation to tell the story of the narrators memories of childhood and adolescence. Approved for Adoption uses a similar technique where the main subject matter of the film, Belgian-Korean comic book artist Jung, goes back to Korea for the first time since he was orphaned. The animated sequences will help illustrate the memories of his childhood growing up with his adoptive parents in Belgium. The film is directed by French filmmaker Laurent Boileau. No word yet on an official US release date.
This is a pretty unique perspective on the whole Korean adoptee story because of the European setting. There are, of course, many similar stories that have been told from Korean-Americans who were adopted at a very young age. Here’s hoping that it will get a chance to play in the United States in the near future.
Here’s the official blogsite for the film. It’s in French only though: http://approved-for-adoption.blogspot.com/
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It looks really good.
Beautiful works for me.
There is also the comic book “Couleur de peau: miel” on which the film is based, I only read the volume 1, Icouldn’t put my hand on volume 2 yet. It’s excellent. Jung’s story is also every adoptees stories.
Although the story is sad, it’s full of humor. (It made me think that when I tell my story of the first months of adoption to my friends, I also can make them laugh hard.)
Look some excerpt pages here.
I like particularly the 4th page where you see Jung while his Holt photos are being taken.
The is an interview about the comic book. Google translator gives a good result.
Here’s the translated google link:
Did you see the comic book “couleur de peau: miel” has been published in Korean?
No, but that’s awesome. I will show it to my Korean friends, and I know they will buy it!