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Singing with Angry Bird

Hyewon Jee

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Screening time  
02.03. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 1  
Korean opera singer nicknamed Angry Bird started the Banana Children’s Choir for children in the slums to introduce them to music from outside their daily reality.

Jae-Chang Kim is a temperamental Korean opera singer nicknamed Angry Bird. Five years ago in the Indian city of Pune, he started the Banana Children’s Choir for children in the slums – not to train them as professional musicians, but to introduce them to music from outside their daily reality. The choir changed the children’s lives: it gave them self-confidence and structure, and for some the opportunity to visit Korea. But much to Angry Bird’s frustration, many parents aren’t convinced of the choir’s value. The film follows him for a year as he attempts to involve the parents by having them rehearse for a joint concert with their kids. The project often drives Angry Bird to despair, because for people who have trouble making ends meet, work is always more important. Nevertheless, music provides a vibrant contrast to life in the slums. It moves both parents and children, bringing them closer together in the process.

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Hyewon Jee

Hyewon Jee is an International Emmy nominated director who has been working in Korean TV industry for over 20 years. She started her career at a prominent documentary production company in 1995 and later briefly worked as a commissioning editor for TV Chosun, a nationwide general broadcasting network. In 2008, she established a production company, Upright Media with her producing partner Wooyong Song. Singing with Angry Bird is her first feature-length documentary.

Singing with Angry Bird

South Korea
2016, 88'

Directed by:
Hyewon Jee

Screenplay by:
Hyewon Jee

Cinematography:
Sungduk Won, Wooyong Song

Edited by:
Hyewon Jee, Wonjung Bae

Producer:
Sunah Kim

Produced by:
Upright Media Productions

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2016; Tempo Doc Festival 2016