Honorable Mention – “BADA” (Korea)

Title: BADA
Runtime: 4 min
Country: Korea
Director: Songji Kim
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: March 31, 2020

Synopsis: A woman is suffering melancholy due to her career break from childbirth and nurturing.

One day, upon seeing her dead goldfish, she sees herself – a person who was unable to fulfill her dream of being a swimmer and ended up living a dry and dead life every day – in the goldfish that died inside a small fishbowl without ever being able get out to the wide ocean.

This puts a crack in her everyday life.

The crack spreads, and the gently swaying waves of her emotion turns into a huge tsunami and overwhelms her.

Later that day, in an aquarium with her son, she realizes that she isn’t much different from the fish in a water tank.