ForgetMeNot follows three unwed mothers in South Korea, who face the impossible task of deciding whether to keep their baby or give it up for international adoption.
ForgetMeNot takes place at an institution, for young pregnant unmarried women in South Korea. Here they seek refuge from their normal environment in order to hide their pregnancy and stay there until they have given birth to their baby. During their stay the women must make the crucial choice of whether to keep their child or give it up for adoption. The choice has great consequences for the women since educational institutes and work industries often refuse unmarried mothers, so it’s about choosing between two entirely different lives in Korean society. We follow three women and their process towards the difficult decision, which is influenced by huge pressure from the outside world. Typically the disgrace of the family, the reluctance of the boyfriend and the disdain of Korean society towards the women's behaviour have a big impact on the their final decision. However, at this institution, the strong-willed manager Mrs. Im supports the women and their fight for independence. But in the end, the decision – and its consequences – will always rest on one person alone.
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Sun Hee Engelstoft is a Danish documentary director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Born in Busan, South Korea 1982, she was adopted to Denmark in 1982. Having attended several schools for photography, she was accepted at the prestigious The National Film School of Denmark, which she graduated from as documentary director in 2011. Her filmography includes: Arrivals & Departure(2014), Without Words(2011), Badawi Boys(2010), On the Balcony(2009), Before I Go(2008), Close(2007)
Monica Hellström has been a producer at Final Cut for Real since 2010. She previously worked at Upfront Films, The Danish Film Institute’s Film Workshop and the fiction film company Bald Film. She graduated from EAVE Producer Workshop in 2010, holds an MA in film from the University of Copenhagen(DK) and a BA in film from the University of Bedfordshire(UK). She has worked in the film industry in the UK and Denmark since 1998.
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