The Secret My Mom Told Me Never to Tell

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The Secret My Mom Told Me Never to Tell

A mother told her daughter to keep her father’s absence a secret. Years later, they look back on the prejudices they encountered as a single-parent family in South Korea.

A mother told her daughter to keep her father’s absence a secret. Years later, they look back on the stigma they faced as a single-parent family in South Korea.CreditCredit…Seunghee Kim

Görüntü by Seunghee Kim

Ms. Kim is a filmmaker.

Growing up, Seunghee Kim’s mother told her never to tell anyone that their family was without a father. Being raised by a single mother became her secret identity. In the short documentary above, Kim’s expressive, rhythmic animation illustrates a conversation with her mother about single motherhood, survival and social stigmas in South Korea. For Kim, the personal is political.

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Seunghee Kim is an animator and filmmaker based in South Korea.


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