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Nadia

MOON Chang-yong
Korea 100min 2K Color Documentary
Production StatusProduction
Goal of ParticipationWorld Sales, Financing
Production budget433,400,000 KRW
Budget Required248,400,000 KRW
Secured budget Korea Film Council[Support for Independent Film Production] : 100,000,000 KRW · DMZ International Documentary Film Festival[Production Support] : 20,000,000 KRW · SJM Cultural Foundation[Production Support] : 15,000,000 KRW · DOCS Port Incheon[Best Project Award] : 30,000,000 KRW · Self-funding : 20,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

Children who can't escape the trash mountain. How does poverty change children?

SYNOPSIS

The trash from the megacity Jakarta is brought to Bantar Gebang and piles up a big mountain.
Nadia, a passionate young girl looks over towards the dangerous zone considered only for adults to find higher-priced trash. Nadia dreams of becoming a doctor one day to treat poor people for free. Asep, her older brother always acts tough but is soft inside. Arif, her younger brother, is bad at math but wants to be studious.
Unlike other adults who are tired of life, the three siblings shine bright with their dreams for a better future.
In reality, hunger is always closer than hopes and dreams. As the three get older, poverty disrupts the loving relationship between the siblings.
Now the three are at a crossroads. Will they follow reality or pursue their dreams?

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Nadia's every day is like a war. It's not only because she picks plastic waste underneath a dinosaur-like excavator. It's the battle against the fear of being abandoned like smelly trash and that she is useless.
She told me "even flowers bloom at the trash mountain and butterflies come" and it was beautiful to me.
I want Nadia to also fly and pursue her dreams like the butterflies. I hope her harsh realities will not steal her dreams.
But the sack full of plastics she picked all day underneath the sun can't afford her a McDonald's hamburger.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
My first impression of Nadia, laughing and playing in a fetid pile of garbage, was that I had found a shining jewel amidst the filth. How could there be such a cheery child in such an environment? I felt irony. It was a moment that shattered the shallow notion that material abundance is the only way to bring happiness. Naturally, my attention shifted to Nadia’s growth process, which parallels my own impoverished childhood and my sister’s sacrifices for our family.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
I hope that we all remember the smiles on children’s faces who find and relish moments of happiness amidst the harsh realities of poverty, and that when they encounter adversity in their lives, they have adults who encourage them to keep their dreams alive.
DIRECTOR
MOON Chang-yong
Moon Chang-yong directed and produced broadcast and cinema documentaries for over 25 years. He is interested in seeing children grow over the years. Directed and produced the feature documentary film Becoming Who I Was (2017) and received Generation K-Plus Grand Prix at Berlin IFF, Best Documentary Film at the Seattle IFF, and more.
Becoming Who I Was (2017)
PRODUCER
KIM Dong-bin
Kim Dong-bin directed and produced Upside Down (2016) and has been working in commercials, broadcasts, and films. His documentary 「Open Secrets – The Untouchable Chaebols Of South Korea」 (2021) won the best documentary series at the Asia Academy Creative Awards in 2022.
Upside Down (2016)
CONTACTmcy95@hanmail.net / dongbin.kim@avinco.one
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