In South Korea, known worldwide for its unparalleled passion for education, the most marginalized may perhaps be 'teachers.' The 11th Seoul Int'l Children's Film Festival showcases 4 films featuring various teachers from the past to the present. In the fierce reality of the educational field where numerous discourses are in dispute, teachers and children grow and change together. Through the Special Screening: Along with the Ssams section, the Seoul Int'l Children's Film Festival pays attention to the stories of teachers and children at the crossroads of change and growth.
Peter Weir's 1990 film Dead Poets Society, a global topic and creator of a wave of admiration for Mr. Keating in Korea, deals with the story of a quirky teacher, Keating, who challenges a rigid school society for the happiness of children in a prestigious American high school oppressed by college entrance and career. Director Jung Ji-woo's 4th Place is a human rights film project by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, which throws big questions beyond clichés, expanding the sensitive subject of corporal punishment to the teacher, student, parent, and even society. Scarborough shows various cases surrounding vulnerable families and teachers in a regional children's center for the poor in Canada through a feature film, asking about the meaning of 'community' within the institutional limitations of the general society. In Young Plato, a quirky principal in a primary school located in the heart of Belfast—filled with religious conflicts, poverty, drugs, and violence—attempts to guide the children's future in a better way through a special philosophy class.