SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD
Directed by Hyewon Jee
Meet Jae-chang Kim, a famous Korean opera singer whose quick temper earned him the nickname “Angry Bird” by his students. Kim started the Banana’s Children’s Choir for children in the slums of Pune, India, 5 years ago—not to train them as professional singers, but to introduce music outside their daily reality to contrast life in the slums. Kim’s choir has changed the children’s lives; giving them an escape, something to look forward to after school, and for some—even the chance to leave their city for the first time, and visit Korea. They love it. However, frustrated by the lack of support from the parents of his choir children, he decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert. But to his dismay, it may be the toughest challenge of his life.
SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD explores the common theme present in most Asian cultures—the preference of a solid education over the arts. Frustrated by this, Kim decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert with their children. But for people who have trouble making ends meet, work is always more important. Frustrated, Kim questions if what he’s doing is worth the effort. Grow with three families in particular, the Rathod’s, the Walikar’s, and the Pawar’s as they are in for a ride of their lifetime.
SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD is director Hyewon Jee’s first feature documentary and this will be the films premiere in New York City and the United States. Follow this tale of laughs and tears, as music—the power of song, is explored as a universal language of mankind, uniting people from different countries, cultures, and even bringing families together—in ways never seen before.
Screening made possible by: Also-Known-As, Inc. (AKA); Asian American Arts Alliance; Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)