Umma (2022)

Director: Iris K. Shim Run Time: 83 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Fivel Stewart, MeeWha Alana Lee, Odeya Rush, Sandra Oh

Country: United States
Language: English

“intergenerational supernatural thriller… through a Korean American lens… shows that horror remains an effective space to engage with heftier topics”

—Tracy Brown for Los Angeles Times

About the film:

Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.

About the filmmaker:

An exciting new voice, Iris K. Shim previously crafted several short films while earning an MFA in Film at Columbia University and worked as a production assistant and assistant to the director on films like Martin Campbell’s 2017 Jackie Chan feature The Foreigner. Her intricate debut documentary The House of Suh, a chilling true-crime story about a notorious Midwestern Korean-immigrant family, premiered at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and went on to win top prizes at the 2010 San Diego Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and others.

Shim also penned the screenplay for Umma, her debut narrative feature.

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