Forget Me Not

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    Forget Me Not

    Directed by

    Denmark

    2019

    83 min

    • Korean
    • Danish
    • English

    Documentary

    What makes a mother give away her baby? This is the big question in Sun Hee Engelstoft’s film about three Korean women who have become pregnant outside of marriage and are now hiding from the outside world until they give birth. They live in a shelter for unwed mothers on a South Korean island, where beautiful landscapes are in sharp contrast to the fierce dilemma that women go through: should they keep their children or give them up for adoption? Engelstoft has been given unique access to this particular shelter run by the strong - willed Mrs. Im, who fights for the girls’ independence but is up against a social structure and family tradition that leaves women in an impossible situation.

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Sun Hee Engelstoft
    Linda Wassberg
    Camilla Hjelm
    Knudsen Maria von Hausswolff
    Editing
    Rebekka Lønqvist
    Music
    Karsten Fundal

    Director's Statement

    Making this film has allowed me to understand the contours of my mother’s situation. International adoption is a consequence of a much larger governmental issue that systemically violates the basic human rights of family preservation. Not out of poverty but because of societal norms that devalue and erase unwed mothers and their children.

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    Sun Hee Engelstoft

    Sun Hee Engelstoft

    Denmark, South Korea

    Sun Hee Engelstoft is a Korean - Danish documentary director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Born in Busan, South Korea 1982, she was adopted to Denmark in 1984. 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 AND DEPARTURES (2 x 7", 2014), WITHOUT WORDS (28", The National Film School of Denmark 2011), BADAWI BOYS, (20", 2010, made in collaboration with IMS), ON THE BALCONY (20", The National Film School of Denmark, 2009), BEFORE I GO (16", The National Film School of Denmark, 2008), CLOSE (12", Debut short, 2007).