Baro Lee

Community Arts & Cultural Development

희 로 애 락 joy, anger, sadness and pleasure

희 로 애 락 is an experimental film that explores the narrative of my mother’s life and the experiences that resonate within motherhood.

Days Left

When my mother immigrated to Australia with my father and his family, she became isolated and oppressed. In a country with a foreign language, she had no one other than my father to share her stories or life experiences with. As a way to reconcile her fading emotions and encapsulate the fleeting departure of her past, my mother proposed that I document her stories. By weaving through her tales of hardship, I hope to grasp her past identity and understand how it has shaped her now, but most importantly for who she will become.

Drawn to empty spaces, the film’s backdrop is set on theatrical visuals. By gravitating towards a more immersive, visual direction as opposed to an expository narration of what’s happening on screen, the film will stimulate conceptual streams of thoughts about the psychological changes of transitioning from womanhood to motherhood.

While it is a personal film about my mother, I believe this film has universally human themes that exhibit life episodes encapsulating enduring truths about the self.
We aim to reach wider audiences to offer a powerful perspective toward motherhood, though more specifically attempting to seek an engagement with all mothers regardless of their context. In addition, I hope to reach immigrants who have settled into another country to obtain a better life for themselves and their children.

We believe this story is important for the first generation Australians who have a small platform for their voices to be heard. As a Korean first generation myself, I find it a hindrance to our identity to have experiences and stories written from the outside perspective and not from within. By presenting this film to first generation Australians, it will help us to prosper our identity and commend the sacrifices our parents have made for us.

The film has been self-financed to this point, but by receiving funds, we will be able to preserve the visuals by obtaining specific high-cost equipment that is limited within Sydney. Finding the right underwater housing for the particular camera is difficult itself, but also because of its rarity hiring the equipment is at higher in price.
The funds we will also be used to expand our production design, in sourcing furniture and large theatrical fabrics. By having the right apparatus, we will be able to submerge the film underwater and build two custom built sets.

The film will be distributed to experimental film festivals and showcased at certain installations in Sydney. Donors will be invited to the screenings in Sydney, hosted by us and our fellow students. If selected for the UTS Media Arts Showcase Screening in November 2018, donors will be invited to view it at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney.

I aspire to be a conceptual artist using different mediums to explore the stories and experiences of first-generation Asian people in Sydney. While many authors and journalists have written books and articles about first generation Asian people from an outside perspective, I hope to divulge into stories and touch upon my own experiences to showcase how we have assimilated or excluded ourselves into the diverse young society Sydney encompasses.

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