Gender&Sexuality Personal&POV Social&Human Interest Youth&Children
When my daughter, Jihoo, was 1 year old, I took her to a doctor and heard something unexpected. "She might have cerebral palsy." Now that she is seven years old, she still walks on her toes. This film is a self-reflection story of a person, as she tries to dig into the waves of honest and sometimes intolerable feelings brought by her daughter´s toe walking.
Tiptoeing is not about unconditional love or motherhood of mothers who raise physically challenged children. This is more about questioning ‘womanhood’ or ‘motherhood’ itself which has usually been taken for granted. My daughter’s tiptoeing has made me look back my own desires and struggles as a filmmaker and as a mother. And I tried to capture this whole journey with camera. As we see the director herself grow through facing challenges and struggles in all sorts of shapes and ways, we all will be able to see that being honest with your feelings and allowing yourself to embrace them is another way of love we need to hold on to.
In 2000, she entered the field of the independent documentary through 'Docu In' that she had contact with in the VJ course of 'the Citizens' Coalition for Democratic Media'. She received the Human Rights Film of the Year at Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, the PIFF Mecenat Award at Busan International Film Festival and the grand prize at Seoul Independent Film Festival with Return To The Land (2004) and Earth's Women (2009), the documentaries dealing with the family returning to rural community and the life of rural women. In succession to the two films, she had planned to make a trilogy 『The Story of country』 with the story of the disappearing farmers, but she had a period of blank due to the sudden marriage and childbirth. She went through a hard time to overcome dramatic change and psychological trauma that the child brought, and takes up her camera again.