By Cecilia KANG


Documentary - Completed 2016

In a country both foreign and their own, a look at the sentimental relationships of three Korean women in Argentina, helps us understand how our cultural identity can affect our most intimate decisions.

& Awards

BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2016
Argentinian Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 63 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cecilia KANG
    • Writer(s)
    • Cecilia KANG, Virginia ROFFO
    • Producer(s)
    • Cecilia KANG (misbelovedones), Virginia ROFFO (misbelovedones)
    • Synopsis
    • Cecilia, a young Korean-Argentinian woman, is making a documentary film. She seeks into the relationships with her Korean friends, her sister Catalina and her childhood art teacher Ran, in order to discover how our cultural identity determines our sentimental choices.

      Born to Korean immigrants, Cecilia has a strong bound with this community. Her first and closest friends are also Korean. However, as a teenager, she started to feel less and less attached to the values and lifestyle of this culture. Nowadays, Cecilia feels more Argentine than Korean in many regards.
      Cecilia’s point of view will lead us trough the lives of Catalina and Ran. Even though the three of them share their Korean origin, they have built their dual identities in very different ways.
      Catalina was born in Korea, under the name of Hi Young. At the age of eight she moved to Argentina with her mother and she reencountered her father, whom she had not seen for seven years. In Argentina she went to school, made new friends and was renamed Catalina. In contrast to her Korean friends, she graduated from university and now she works as a doctor. In the first year of her medical residency training, she was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. Despite she has overcome this disease, it has marked her deeply and it will be forever a part of her life. Half Korean and half Argentinian, Catalina has never belonged to any particular place. At the age of thirty- seven she still lives with her parents, observing the Korean tradition. Although she started several serious relationships and once she even got engaged, today she remains single.
      Ran is a free woman who has built her life on her own. Against the cultural commandments of her community, she decided not to get married or have kids. She chose to leave Korea and started a new life in Argentina, a country she didn’t know with a language she didn’t speak. Kim -her teacher and mentor- moved to Argentina one year later. She was already a well-known artist. Nowadays, Ran looks after Kim in her old age.
      This film tries to deal with a present uncertainty by immersing ourselves in the past. Plunging into the memories of the main characters, we will travel through the stories of the three generations who have contributed to enforce the bound that has kept the Korean community in Argentina together from 1980 onwards.
      The thread of the film will be Cecilia’s attempt to understand her own Korean- Argentinian identity, the same dual identity that she finds reflected in the lives of Ran,CatalinaandherKoreanfriends.