Approved for Adoption (2013) Trailer
Trailer for Approved for Adoption.
This delightful animated documentary tells the childhood story of cartoonist and co-director Jung, who was born in Korea but raised in Belgium by adoptive parents.
It was a time, at the end of the Korean War, when thousands of Korean children were adopted into the West. As Jung says, he was the Asian in the family - a badly behaved one too. Out of sync with his community, he retreated into the world of drawing. Luckily, his life turned around. Many years later, Jung returns to Seoul, to find his birth mother, or perhaps just to see how much he feels at home. The adult Jung draws his own story with considerable skill, humour and insight.
This surprising gem of a film (which started life as a comic book) deservedly won the Audience Award at the Annecy Animation Festival.