Documentary Shorts Competition presented by IMDbPro
"Birdsong" explores the dying whistling traditions of the Hmong people of northern Laos, whose sonic exchanges straddle the boundary between music and speech. The film follows the personal stories of three individuals from Long Lan village, as they reflect on their experience as practitioners of a vanishing musical language. "Birdsong" portrays the collision of an ancient linguistic practice with the modern condition of urban life in Laos. The film explores how listening can change our perception of both society and nature, offering a glimpse into the philosophical relationship between sound and reality.
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Co-Producer: Lao New Wave Cinema, Line Producer: Bounsoo Thor, Translators: Bounsoo Thor, Sinxay Thavixay, Gaffer: Florent Duroc, Sound Engineer & Recordist: Athidxay Boundaoheuang, 1st Assistant Camera: Phetoudone Vongsoonthone, Best Boy Electrician: Thipphavanh Sensackda, Colourist: Yash Soni, Graphic Designer: Ollie Cameron
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Hmong with English Subtitles