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ExamiNation: a short documentary

ExamiNation is a short documentary film about the notorious South Korean college entrance exam, Sooneung (수능). The film shows how one exam can dictate a culture and lifestyle in a country. Almost all high school students in Korea prepare for this rigorous and extremely competitive 8-hour exam that happens once a year. On this day, the whole country will pause for these students to take this “life-changing exam.” The film captures the experience of high school students through a day in the life of one student working toward this exam.

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This short film has been distributed through Master Communications for the education market in the US and English speaking countries.
It has also been distributed through Dissidenz Films based in Paris for all French speaking countries.

Colors of Korea magazine:
Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) 2012:

Festival Screenings:
Cambridge Cinema Shorts/ Strawberry Shorts Fair, 2014
Sidewalk Film Festival, 2012
Korean Film Festival in Australia – Sydney, 2012
NewFilmmakers, 2012
Best Shorts Competition, 2012
Social Media Film Festival, 2012
Expo Film Festival, Northwestern U, 2012
Northwestern University Film Festival, 2011

Silver Telly Award, 2014
Merit Award at Best Shorts Competition, 2012
Audience Choice Award at Expo Film Festival, 2012
Culture Award at the European K-Pop Awards, 2012
Highest Achievement Award at Northwestern University Film Festival, 2011

The film was made in 2010/2011 by Judy Suh and her friends in their sophomore year, entirely independent of any class or institution. Judy graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film and Art. As a Korean American, she was interested in telling a story from her cultural background through this documentary. Her work ranges from narrative shorts to documentaries to video-integrated performances and installations.

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