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Monday 18 March

10am, 6:30pm

Director Anthony Shim



English/Korean (English subtitles)


So-Young is a Korean single mother raising her adolescent son Dong-Hyun in the suburbs of Canada during the 90s. Determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind in her native country, she does her best to overcome the constant racial and cultural challenges that confront them.

As Dong-Hyun gets older, he becomes increasingly curious about his Korean heritage and in particular, about his deceased father.

Then sudden devastating news prompts the mother and son to return to South Korea for the first time since their initial departure with hopes of reconnecting to their roots and reconciling their tragic past.

The film-maker recounts his childhood years in a heartfelt, universal story about belonging.  – Whang Lee Ling, The Straits Times, Singapore

Riceboy Sleeps is imbued with strains of compassion, grace, and gentleness. A genre powered by poignancy. – Namrata Joshi, The New Indian Express