program 2023

I Am a Horse

Director Biography – Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im (1994, Seoul) is a filmmaker from South Korea with a focus on experimental animation. With the use of craftsmanship and distinctive materials, she explores gender issues and sexual imagery. She graduated from Seoul National University’s Visual Communication Design BFA program (2017) and earned an MFA degree from the CalArts Experimental Animation program (2020). Her films have competed in widely-known festivals such as Annecy, Ann Arbor, Animafest Zagreb, DOK Leipzig, Ottawa, Slamdance, and GLAS. She is the 2021 GLAS grant recipient.
Filmography: I am a Horse (2022), Eyes and Horns (2021, graduation film), Mate (2019, student film), Flora (2018, student film)
Where are the girls? Unable to find girls in the diverse artwork of the Korean artist Lee Jung-seob, Chaerin Im unravels an imaginative tale of women born with half of their bodies being a horse and a tiger. These roaming women are too fierce and free to match their given role as a daughter, wife, and mother in the patriarchal society. The tale is inspired by the Korean birth dreams (Tae-mong) of her mom when she was pregnant with her twin sister and herself.