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Concerned that her schoolmates will find out about her blind father, young Hong is always preoccupied. She would rather be an outsider at school, than reveal this “difficulty.” She meets a warm, funny little girl who befriends her and encourages her to play with other kids. In play, she feels free and relaxed. She enjoys the simplicity of childhood. And then, her dad unexpectedly walks by….
At what point do children learn empathy? Through Hong, we see that innocence and empathy are a balancing act. She decides that she should experience her father’s reality- if only for a moment. The moment when her world falls into dark, all the unhappiness and anxiousness seem unimportant compared to her love for her father.
Cheong tastefully explores the inner world of a little girl in this transition. This lyrical short exposes both the cruelty and the warmth of life. Screenwriter and director Kim Jung-in is an emerging Korean filmmaker who graduated from Korean National University of Arts. This short picture was awarded special prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.