As the name suggests this movie is the third (fourth if you consider the cartoon) installment in a series that focuses on human rights issues in South Korea. All installments were commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and are basically series of short films that that highlight issues of discrimination against all sorts of minorities in South Korean society.
In this movie, six directors were choosen to make films that reflected one issue or the other, most of them had very hopeful endings while others were not easy to watch. I really enjoyed Jeong Yun-cheol's Mohammed: The Diving King which was about an illegal Thai immigrant with amazing diving abilities and almost cried while watching Kim Gok and Kim Sun's BomBomBomB!!! a short on homophobia and bullying in high schools.
I'll cut to the chase and reveal the short which I believe would interest readers here which is Noh Dong-seok's A Tough Life. This short 'tackles Korean racism towards people of the African Diaspora'. Here's a brief summary of the movie;
A grade-school-aged boy returns late to a party held at his house where all his friends are waiting. He arrives with his schoolboy crush, a girl who is Black. Childhood innocence and parental anxieties abound, including a humorous display of internet use in an effort to attempt to resolve a moment of motherly ignorance and childhood inquisitiveness. KoreanFilm.org ReviewNow for some spoilers ^^. I remember finding the movie funny yet sad obviously because of the racism it depicts even among children, the boy's mother does nothing and possibly worsens the situation. I don't know if I would call what some of the kids at that party said 'childhood innocence' because some comments seemed like they could come from an adult's mouth.
As for 'parental anxities'...well. If I recall correctly, the young boy says his crush is American, the daughter of an English teacher at his school. However when she arrives and his friends and mother see this Black girl, they are literally in shock. His mother pulls him aside asking him who the girl is and how come she is Black when her mother is white. The boy explains that her dad is Black but the mother doesn't believe/understand and goes to search online in order to find out what happens when a Black and a white parent have a child together. Now that part was hilarious (still in that sad way) because of the kind of answers she found. I really can't remember much except I laughed hard.
I felt the movie was realistic in its depictions, for example there was one scene in which the other kids were arguing with the Black girl because they felt she couldn't be American and when she slipped that she was born in Morocco, they went 'You see, you're African.' The ending was not a happy ending per se but it was hopeful with the boy singing a nice song in which he wishes for a world in which people did not attach so much importance to the colour of other's skin. Hey, he likes the girl and stood up for her despite all that happened during the party. It was also touching because the story was about children, imagine if it was about a Korean college-student bringing a Black girl home for a party? That would have been nice to actually.
I'm actually surprised I remember so much of the short (except the names obviously ^^;) considering I'd forgotten about it for a long time (I watched it last year). That reminds me, has anyone here seen that documentary on a Tanzanian woman married to a Japanese man? Let me know so I can find it and put it up here just in case.