The Ma family lives in Gangnam District, a wealthy borough in Seoul, yet they can’t afford the rent and barely keep their bills in check. Once thriving in the real estate business during South Korea’s 1980s economic boom, they refuse to accept the reality that they can no longer maintain their upper middle class lifestyle. In her feature documentary debut, Minji Ma turns the camera on her economically and emotionally dysfunctional family as they hope that the financial crisis of 1997 will somehow reverse itself before it’s too late. – KE
Minji Ma, Haesook Rho, Poonglak Ma
Minji Ma was born in 1989. She graduated from the Korea National University of Arts with a BFA in Film Directing and a MFA in Documentary Filmmaking. Her works explore themes of space and place in cities, especially the ways in which capital influences and changes the environment.
2017 Jeonju International Film Festival
2017 Seoul International Women’s Film Festival
Festival Choice (Grand Prix), 2017 EBS International Documentary Festival