Animation distributor GKIDS announced that it will release the animated documentary Approved for Adoption on November 8 at the Angelika Film Center in New York. The French film, directed by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau, will also open at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall on November 22, followed by expansion to other cities. The film has won numerous festival awards including the Audience Award and Unicef Award at the prestigious Annecy Animated Film Festival.
Approved for Adoption traces the unconventional upbringing of filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents.
The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is a memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
Watch the trailer, below: