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Birdsong

Documentary

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2022
18
mins
Laos
Drama
Hmong, English

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.

4/28/23, 5:00 PM
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April 28th to May 1st
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Omi Gupta and Sparsh Ahuja are filmmakers based between London, Melbourne and New Delhi.

Their first collaboration, 'Child of Empire', a VR experience of the 1947 Partition of British India, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film opened to glowing reviews in The Economist, and was also the front page article of The Hindu weekend following Sundance.

Sparsh is lead producer on 'Lost Migrations', a series of three animated shorts on postcolonial South Asia. Omi has written one episode in this series, called ‘Seabirds’, which follows the story of the Tamil exodus from Burma following the Japanese occupation in the Second World War. Their work has exhibited at the BFI and V&A, London.

Sparsh Ahuja & Omi Gupta

Directors

Sparsh Ahuja & Omi Gupta

Director:

Sparsh Ahuja & Omi Gupta

Writer:

Sparsh Ahuja & Omi Gupta

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Producer:

Cast:

Neng Chue Vang, Neng Chi Lee, Chia Por Lee

Director of Photography:

Music:

Sound Design:

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