Made in Korea: A One Way Ticket Seoul-Amsterdam?
TICKETSRialto VU - Thu 7 March, 18:30 + Panel
In-Soo RADSTAKE arrived in the Netherlands from Seoul in 1980. Adopted as a baby by a Dutch couple, he searches for his true identity through this personal documentary. His search takes him to meet other adopted people who came on the same flight to Holland. He also visits the orphanage in Seoul where he once lived. He compares the questions and experiences of his adoption with those of his fellow adoptees. He asks himself whether he is Dutch or Korean. Radstake feels Dutch, but did he consciously or unconsciously suppress his Korean side?
In the beginning of the documentary, Radstake focuses on his fellow adoptees, but as his search progresses, his story gets more personal as he tries to find his biological mother. His search ends with a reunion of his arrival group. Exactly 25 years after their arrival, the group of 9 South Korean adoptees are reunited, but this time as adults.
Made in Korea will screen together with Dumpling Stories, a 40-minute VICE documentary on Dutch-Chinese adoptees, followed by a panel discussion on adoption in the Netherlands.
Language:English, Korean, Dutch
In-Soo RADSTAKE was adopted by a Dutch couple as a 3-months-old baby. He studied journalism and has been active as a producer and director since 2006. His latest film Selling a Colonial War (2023) premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.