Every year, on the second Thursday of November, South Korea is put to the test. More than half a million senior high school students take part in the National University Exam, better known as the Suneung. The exam will not only determine where the students will attend university, but ultimately their status in Korea’s hierarchical society. The competition is fierce—even with near-perfect scores, only 0.01% of applicants are accepted into these widely respected institutions.
In this joint production between Korea and Belgium, directors Wooyoung Choi and Steven Dhoedt follow three students preparing for the Suneung. The lengths to which the students and parents will go for this test are extreme, and their dedication and sacrifice is unparalleled. The role of the media is significant, providing a continuous stream of coverage on exam day. A documentary on the pursuit for perfection, Reach for the Sky will keep viewers at the edge of their seats, as they feel the students’ gut-wrenching pressure to achieve excellence and earn their place in society.
This programme is free for students and seniors!
You can pick up your tickets ahead of time in-person at the TIFF Box Office (350 King Street West). Please present your student ID. A limit of 2 tickets per person.