In 1988 co-director Da Hee Kim was adopted from South Korea as a baby, and was raised by a white family in the suburbs of Minnesota. The film centers around two dinner conversations, one with her adoptive parents in Minnesota, and the other with another Korean adoptee in Seoul. Big Happiness is a personal exploration of adoption, identity and colorblindness growing up in a transracial family.
Da Hee Kim, Matthew Koshmrl
Da Hee Kim is a Korean adoptee who grew up in Minnesota. As someone who has been disconnected from their culture and heritage, she is very interested in exploring themes around identity. She is a candidate at CalArts for an MFA in FIlm & Video production.
Matthew Koshmrl is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer based in Minnesota. Matthew personally focuses on cinema vérité documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes.
Da Hee Kim
Big Happiness (2020)
Big Happiness (2020), The Poachers (2014), Pig Tale (2013), Kim Bap (2012)
Boston Asian American Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival