The House of Suh

The House of Suh

The documentary “The House of Suh” is getting buzz in the past few weeks. Recently, the film picked up wins at the 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and the 2010 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Here’s more about The House of Suh:

Obligation, choice and loyalty are the values called into question in this compelling portrait of the Suhs, a Korean-American family whose quest for the American Dream would end in the tragic collapse of their household. Yoon Myung and Tai Sook Suh immigrated to America for a better life for their children, Andrew and Catherine. But their pursuit of happiness quickly became riddled with misfortune, culminating on September 25, 1993, when Andrew shot and killed his older sister’s fiancé of eight years, Robert O’Dubaine, at Catherine’s bidding.

Eloquently narrated by the family’s youngest son Andrew, The House of Suh examines the complex dynamics of the Suh family and the values embraced and rejected by Andrew and his sister Catherine, culminating in their planning and execution of a crime that shocked the Korean-American community and ignited a media frenzy. Those closest to Andrew expressed shock and disbelief: how could a young man with a promising future allow himself to be convinced into committing murder? As the Suh’s complex history unfolds, issues of cultural assimilation, traditional values and justice are examined, raising questions of guilt, innocence and the illusive gray area in between.

Countering the media coverage, the film instead attempts to reconstruct the elements of a family torn apart, raising questions of whether it is the options we are given or the choices we make that define who we are.

The House of Suh trailer

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