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Riceboy Sleeps

South Korean So-Young moves to Canada with her infant son, hoping things will be better there than at home. Alas, no such thing,, they face racism on a daily basis.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Riceboy Sleeps

In the early 1990s, So-Young moved from South Korea to Canada with her infant son Dong-hyun, hoping that life there, as a single mother, would have more to offer her. But it turns out to be anything but a tolerant and benevolent society; Canada turns out to be anything but a tolerant and benevolent society, both regularly facing all kinds of everyday racism. Years later, when Dong-hyun is now an adolescent, she works in a factory, while he does his utmost to 'fit in'-with blue contact lenses and blond dyed hair. Mother and son become increasingly estranged, but unexpected news forces the two to return to South Korea. There, they must face the past.

For this now multi-award-winning and more or less autobiographical film - as much a mother-son drama as a coming-of-age story - Anthony Shim not only signed on to direct, he is also responsible for the screenplay, production and editing. In addition, he also voices one of the roles.