Number 3 – Reach for the SKY (공부의 나라)

Every year thousands of students sit the stress-inducing Suneung exam

Certainly the most talked about independent film at this year’s Busan International Film Festival, documentary Reach for the SKY follows a selection of students as they prepare to take Korea’s infamous ‘Suneung’ exam. In doing so, co-directors Steven Dhoedt and Choi Woo-young insightfully reveal fascinating facets of the notoriously harsh education system, from the extreme stress teens endure through to institutions and individuals who profit. Subtly underlying the events is the directors ironic sense of humour, capturing the inconsistencies and issues with a sly wink and a nudge to the audience, making the documentary resonate even more strongly.

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