Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2006 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Lineage of the Voice
Category YoungSan Fund
Project Lineage of the Voice
Director PAIK Yeon-ah
Country Korea
Director's Profile From 1999 to 2001, Yeon-ah PAIK made experimental short films in diverse styles as a video artist. In 2002, she started to make documentaries and was involved in the production of documentary and short films for BBC, ARTE France, and PBS. A self-directed and produced film, [Long Way Home] (2002) was screened at ICA in England and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Imperial War Museum Student Film Festival. From 2003 to 2004, she participated in the editing of director Daniel Gordon`s [A State of Mind] which was invited to 9th Pusan International Film Festival. For a year since 2005, she taught documentary filmmaking at Visual Art Academy of Haja YouthFactory for Alternative Culture..
 
Synopsis
It takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes to sing the whole `pansori` of Shimchung-ga. From the age of 6, Soo-bum was beaten sorrowfully by his father to be able to master it. And after 6 years, the 12-year-old Soo-bum finally mastered it. On the other hand, the 10-year-old Sung-yeol is a 6-year veteran as a traveling performer. He has many granny fans across the nation from singing `pansori` and `trot` (traditional Korean pop song) which he learned by ear. `Pansori` makes them put every bit of themselves at stake and their fathers put every stake on them. For these two children, these are burdens that seem too much for their young age. For these children, everything seems ordinary over the span of one year but actually it is full of changes.
Director's Note
[Lineage of the Voice] is a feature-length documentary about 2 boys in their early teens living a `life that is set by their fathers.` The existence of `father` is absolute for these boys who are still very young. Owing to their fathers` ways, `pansori` has become deeply lodged in the lives of these boys whether as a way of life or a means of survival. In the midst of it all, how are these kids troubled? And how do they reconcile and overcome it all? With [The Dreaming Duet], I hope to observe and record the small, yet sensitive and precious moments of change by following them close by for one year.
Festivals
2007 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle

2007 Seoul Independent Film Festival

2008 theatrical release in Korea

2008 Syracuse International Film Festival (NY)- Best Documentary
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