Monday, June 25, 2018

"Singing with Angry Bird": a choir director from South Korea teaches a kids choir in India by making the parents sing

Singing with Angry Bird” (2016), by Hyewon Jee, on PBS POV (Monday June 25, 2018) . It is directed and narrated by Hyewon Jee, link

Jae Chang-Kim, from South Korea, experienced with children’s choirs, decides to train a choir in a slum in India.  The parents resist, so he decides to train the parents.
The music includes a lot of hymns (“Amazing Grace”) and local popular. Yup, a lot of the singing is out-of-tune.  But they finally train for a big “spring concert” at the end of the film.
In the meantime, he becomes close to the families and their needs, such as one where mom lives on a ventilator.
The PBS presentation was condensed from 88 minutes to 53 minutes.  There was a brief interview with the filmmaker at the end, who spoke in Korean with subtitles. She says she didn’t know very much about music!
By Mehak madan - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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