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Coming to You

Coming to You

Gyuri Byun's groundbreaking Korean documentary centers on two working class mothers, Nabi and Vivian. Like many in South Korea, where there is a distinct lack of legal protections for queer communities and gay marriage remains illegal, neither women gave much thought to LGBTQ+ rights or its growing advocacy among the country's younger generations. Therefore, their lives and perceptions were upended when their respective children come out to them — Nabi's as trans, and Vivian's as gay. Reluctant to accept this news at first, both women's reactions reveal deep-rooted discriminatory beliefs about queerness. This is not uncommon in South Korean society, which makes their respective transformations all the more impactful — both women grew to not only accept their children's gender and sexuality, but became activists in their own right as members of Parents, Families and Allies of LGBTAIQ+ People in Korea. Both Nabi and Vivian grapple with the pain and loneliness their children feel, the struggle to access gender affirming care, and the yearning for social and familial acceptance.

Winner of the Documentary Award at the Jeonju Film Festival and the Brave New Docs Award at the DMZ Film Festival, COMING TO YOU is “an inspiring account of how mentality, prejudices and social expectations can change and leave space to respect, acceptance and happiness” (Asian Movie Pulse).

DIRECTED BY GYURI BYUN
SOUTH KOREA | 2021 | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Coming to You
  • Coming to You

    Gyuri Byun's groundbreaking Korean documentary centers on two working class mothers, Nabi and Vivian. Like many in South Korea, where there is a distinct lack of legal protections for queer communities and gay marriage remains illegal, neither women gave much thought to LGBTQ+ rights or its growi...