BEST DOCUMENTARY - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival | GRAND JURY PRIZE - Seattle Asian American Film Festival | Ranked in Top 15 Best Documentary Films of 2022 - Yahoo News | "A devastating and emotional impact on all who are lucky to see it" - RogerEbert.comSocial Justice • African American Community • Asian American Community • Immigrant Community • LA Riots • BLM • Homelessness • Mental Health and Wellness • Racial Reconciliation • Latasha Harlins • George Floyd • Rodney King
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 85 minutes | Language: English and Korean with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide | Director: So Yun Um | Producers: Eddie Kim | Executive Producers: Diane Quon & Daniel J. Chalfen | Writer and Editor: Christina Sun Kim | Composer: Sal Gabriel
Growing up a daughter of Korean immigrants who ran a liquor store in a South LA neighborhood, So Yun Um decided that what she wanted to do more than anything else, was become a filmmaker, much to the bemusement of her father. In this vibrant and bold film, So turns the camera on herself, her community and her friends, and documents a rarely seen slice of the American dream as she struggles with creating her own path in life. Director and liquor store baby, So Yun Um and her father have never seen eye to eye on anything, especially not her career choices. Although his liquor store has provided her financial stability to dream big, there’s tension between father and daughter, and how their Korean culture and store have had a complicated past within a Black community. So goes on a journey to unpack this tension as well as the generational divide between her and her father. In contrast, in the wake of his father’s passing, Danny Park quits his dream job at Nike and returns home to help his mother run the family store on Skid Row. Unlike So, he’s inexplicably drawn towards home, with a dream of uniting the Black and Korean communities at his store. He’s immediately determined to create a path different from his father’s but soon realizes the insurmountable weight of being a small business owner. LIQUOR STORE DREAMS is a portrait of two second-generation Korean Americans trying to create their own future by honoring their parent’s past through understanding and healing.