Before a dying mother, her son appears after 40 years of separation, but he only speaks English.
Layne, an American adoptee returns home to South Korea after 40 years of separation, and finds his biological mother fighting against breast cancer. Although he was reared in a different culture speaking a different language, their communication becomes easier as they realize that they have a lot more in common than they knew. Although at first, they begin by using a translation application that lands them in giggles, Layne embarks on a new challenge in his foreign ‘motherland’ to learn the language in order to support his mother through chemotherapy. As a part-time job, Layne helps other adoptees find their birth parents, but his curiosity about his biological father begins to grow. As he attempts to seek out his father and step-siblings who are as old as his mother, a new conflict begins at home. The more he digs up facts about his lost father, his mother’s wish to keep the past buried eventually leads to Layne being kicked out of the house. Will their relationship stand the test of time, under new circumstances that neither had anticipated?
YEON Wang-mo is an award-winning documentarian and poet from South Korea. As a poet, he made his debut in 1994, published two poetry books, and won the ‘Contemporary Poetry Award’ in 1998. He has worked on TV documentaries for 25 years, and has travelled to over 70 countries. His documentary feature Hello?! Orchestra(2013) won the International Emmy Award in Arts Programming. He is also honored with the KIPA (Korea Independent Productions Association) Award for the Best Director(2015).
Jin JEON was raised as a ‘third culture kid’ in ten cities across four countries. Starting out in the newsroom, she worked as an investigative journalist and later moved to South Africa’s longest-running flagship magazine program ‘Top Billing.’ She worked as a director at a weekly sports program during the Soccer World Cup 2010 and produced for the German ZDF channel during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018. Her theatrically-released feature film debut ‘Becoming Who I Was’ (2017) swept up 17 international awards including the Grand Prix at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (Generations Kplus), and Grand Prix from Moscow, Seattle and BANFF, Canada. Jin obtained her MA in Media Studies & Practice at the University of Cape Town.
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