In her personal documentary To the Other End of the World, Risa Madoerin explores her own identity through interviews with her mother. Kim Myung-hee, her mother, was a pop singer in 1970s, and had her daughter, the director, with a married Japanese man. The director visits Korea in an effort to trace her mother’s past and meets her father for the first time. The film leads us to realize that the emigration the director and her mother was one forced by the Confucian patriarchal norms and institutions of home. The last scene is most impressive; wherein the director stares at her mother with a vague mix of sympathy and cynicism, as she confesses that she still loves the father of her daughter. (Kwon Eun-sun)
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Risa Madoerin was born in 1975 in Seoul and moved to Switzerland in 1978. From 1998 to 1999, she studied Film and Art History at University Zurich. From 1999 to 2003, she studied Film/Video at the University of Art & Design Zurich. Her film works includes Paranoran(2000), Fly Fish(2000), Role Model(2002).