After settling down at a sheep ranch in rural Hwacheon five years ago, Jin-woo has been raising his niece Seol as if she was his own daughter. His same-sex partner Hyun-min arrives from the city to teach poetry, and for a while, they live happily together, although publicly concealing their relationship. But one day, Jin-woo’s sister Eun-young, the wayward birth mother of Seol, arrives at their doorstep and insists on taking the child with her. Jin-woo’s quiet existence is now threatened as he is faced with the breakup of his alternative family – but his sister’s actions also force Jin-woo to confront the deception that has characterised his daily existence. A Distant Place is a searing drama about the enduring power of prejudice, and the impossibility of escaping one’s past and identity.
With a pre-recorded introduction by Jinhee Choi, King’s College London.