EN - In South Korea, every year on the second Thursday in November more than half a million high-school students take part in the National University Exam, known as Suneung. This documentary follows students, their families and teachers as they prepare for the exam, which will not only determine what university they attend but ultimately their status in Korea’s hierarchical society.


Title Reach for the Sky
Original title Reach for the Sky
Original language Korean
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-10-02


Photography Steven Dhoedt, Wooyoung Choi
Editing Gert Van Berckelaer
Sound Raf Enckels
Music Regina To Lok Yan

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HD
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
Sound format 5.1 Dolby Surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Seoul Film Commission, Creative Europe, Korean Commnunications Agency
Production partners Boda Media Group, ZDF/ARTE, NGC Korea


2016: MOOOV Film Festival (BE)

2015: Busan International Film Festival (KR), DOKLeizpig (DE)

Strong Flemish presence at Docville

From 29 April-7 May at Docville in Leuven, Belgian documentaries will be in the spotlight once again. This year’s National Competition has a distinctly Flemish tinge, with screenings including The Land of the Enlightened, Samuel in the Clouds, No Man Is an Island and The Invisible City [Kakuma]. Two Flemish documentaries - Wim and Truth or Consequence - will also receive their world premieres at Docville.

Samuel In The CloudsIn Wim, filmmaker Lut Vandekeybus dives into the complex poetic universe of her brother, acclaimed choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus, while Truth or Consequence by Sam Ostyn is a captivating and poetic portrait of a tiny town in the New Mexico desert that changed its name to the title of a radio show.

Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Two Flemish documentaries have their world premieres at MOOOV Film Festival

The Invisible City [Kakuma], directed by Lieven Corthouts; and Samuel in the Clouds, directed by Pieter Van Eecke, are to have their world premieres at the MOOOV Film Festival (19 April-3 May) in Belgium. A further three docs from Flanders - The Land of the Enlightened, No Man Is an Island and Reach for the Sky - have also been selected. The MOOOV festival is set to screen 101 films from 37 different countries.

The Invisible City [Kakuma]The Invisible City [Kakuma] follows director Lieven Corthouts to Kakuma, a Kenyan refugee camp where countless unaccompanied minors arrive every day. The children grab all the chances they get and try to build a new life and a future. But can Kakuma offer a real future in a new home or is it just a waiting area, where the only option is to continue the dangerous journey to Europe?

Published on Monday 21 March 2016

Cafard, Reach for the Sky set to premiere at Busan

Cafard by Jan Bultheel and Reach for the Sky by Steven Dhoedt and Choi Wooyoung are to premiere at this year's Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). This as part of the Wide Angle: Animation and the Wide Angle: Documentary Competition programs respectively.

CafardCafard, which received its world premiere at this year's Film Festival of Ostende, Belgium, is based on historical facts. The story of this animated feature with a graphic novel look and feel starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant wins the Wrestling Champion of the World title in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is violently abused by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime Jean, along with his coach and young nephew, enrols in the prestigious Armoured Car Division (AMC). War is ruthless, however, and he and his friends embark on a dramatic journey that will ultimately drag them around the world.

Published on Monday 31 August 2015

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Short info

Director Steven Dhoedt, Choi Wooyoung
Producers Steven Dhoedt, Gert Van Berckelaer
Writers Steven Dhoedt

Steven Dhoedt
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