Every family has a secret.

Janie, a 9-year-old girl, has a perfect life as an only daughter in a loving family. Her life, however, gets completely shattered when Ben, the little brother she never knew existed, unexpectedly shows up to live with her family.

Running Time: 18 Minutes
35mm / 1.85 / Color / Dolby Digital 5.1
Available for Screenings: 35mm, DigiBeta, BetaSP, DVCam, DVD, VHS

This story is important to me because it conveys that there are certain things in life that cannot be fixed but just accepted especially regarding our family. Janie, our protagonist, realizes at the end that everything will be okay even though she now knows that her life and family are not perfect. What she really learns is that they never were. I believe everyone can relate to her journey since we all, at one point or another, had to discover certain truths about our own family, get disappointed with our parents, and had to learn how to deal with it. We share the experience of realizing that our parents are also human beings who make mistakes. This story also deals with the idea of family secrets. Every family has a secret. When did you discover yours? Parents often try to protect their children by hiding the truth from them; however, sometimes the discovery of that particular hidden truth becomes one of the biggest emotional scars to overcome. Janie not only needs to learn how to live with her new brother but also has to find a way to reconcile with her past. The unexpected appearance of the little brother now makes her question everything that she has believed in and cherished for her whole life. Were they ever truly happy as a family? Did her parents ever love each other? Was her dad thinking about his son every time he spent time with her? What really went on behind her back?


2021 Christine Shin. All Rights Reserved

site design James F. Dean