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(So Yun Um, 2022, DCP, 82 min)

LIQUOR STORE DREAMS offers an intimate portrait of the lives of Korean American liquor store owners and their second-generation ‘liquor store babies.’ Using a lens of relationality, the documentary opens space for tough intergenerational conversations about immigration, race, solidarity, and mental health.

Join us for a free screening and candid conversation with filmmaker So Yun Um and Skid Row People’s Market owner Danny Park moderated by Professor Helen Cho (Asian American Studies Program).

About the filmmaker:

So Yun Um is a Korean American Filmmaker born and based in Los Angeles. Her directorial debut feature film, LIQUOR STORE DREAMS, which is about second generation Korean American children of Liquor Store owners in the LA area is made its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. So is a CAAM 2021 Fellow with mentorship support from acclaimed Director Nanfu Wang. She is also an alumnus of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship by Visual Communication, recipient of the Sundance Uprise Grant and a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee. She is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and the Asian American Documentary Network.

Co-presented with support from the Asian American Studies ProgramPritzker Pucker Studio Lab for the Promotion of Mental Health Via Cinematic Arts, and Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University in connection to the One Book One Northwestern selection for 2023-24: "Crying in H Mart" by Michelle Zauner.

29 Feb 2024
7:00pm - 10:00pm CST

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