Lina Suh

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Lina Suh

/ Director

Rresidence U.S.A.

My Story

Lina Suh split her childhood between Wisconsin, New York, and Seoul, Korea. She has directed several short films, including SO F*CKING HAPPY FOR YOU and GOOD FACE – the latter inspired by her experiences in code switching between her American life and Korean life. She received her MFA from USC in Film Production. Lina has also worked as a Korean-English translator, taught screenwriting for Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle–a French film school’s satellite program in NYC, and volunteer tutors through School On Wheels, a homeless tutoring organization. She has written and/or directed several short films, plays, and music videos, and is in post-production on her first independent feature film. She is also developing a docuseries with Prettybird, to redirect the perception and narratives of Asian women in modern culture.

Director Statement

Most children who have grown up with immigrant parents in America understand the expectation of having to be more than perfect. Our parents came to this country, hoping and expecting that life would be better for their families even more so than for themselves. They often want nothing more than their children to be the picture of their American dream. But that can be a lot to live up to. And as we children grow up among American communities with very different worldviews and values from theirs, our vision for our lives start to diverge from our parents. At first, we may rebel from them because we are angry about their expectations. But then we grow and start to understand them better. We love each other but we don’t know how to express it. It takes many silences and many misspoken words, before we find a way to reconnect.

When Gina and I first met to discuss the project, we talked for several hours about our families – hers being from Hong Kong and Taiwan, and mine being from Korea. There was a moment we connected on how much our parents expected of us growing up, and laughed about the ways they tried to enforce it, and how we had to find ways to make them understand that we had dreams that looked different from theirs. We found that we wanted to tell a story about how we try to connect with our parents even when we can’t find the right words.

My Filmography

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My Award

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