English and Korean with English subtitles, 2014, 75 minutes, color, South Korea/U.S.A.
In 2010, a South Korean baby named Sarang died of malnutrition. The death of a child is always horrific, but the circumstances leading up to this one were even more shocking: Sarang died because her parents were playing games online. Ordinarily, this would be a clear case of negligence, but Love Child takes a different approach by looking at what led to the parents’ gaming addiction and how their child became a secondary concern. The film then expands from this tragedy to examine the way that South Korea’s place as the world leader of Internet infrastructure has adversely affected its communal society.
Director Valerie Veatch skillfully weaves a story of personal tragedy together with social commentary. Instead of merely condemning the parents, she shows how embracing technology can have unforeseen negative consequences. By interjecting footage from the game the parents loved to play into the film, Veatch vividly conveys how intoxicating these games can be and shows how easily the lines between real life and virtual reality can blur.
Director: Valerie Veatch
Producer: David Foox
Executive Producer: John Legere
Producers: Danny Kim, Daniel B. Levin, Minji Kim, Andrew Teng
Associate Producers: Brittany Lee, Brian Kim, Hayli Youn
Cinematographer: Daniel B. Levin
Editors: Valerie Veatch, Chris Donlon