A testimonial journey of the Koryo people, a community forced to live in exile. The film reflects on exclusion, migration and the transformative experience of collective survival.
Part of the Exiled trilogy, Sound of Nomad tells stories of exile and exclusion. It is an emotional journey that starts in 1937 with the deportation of thousands of the Korean inhabitants of East Russia (the Koryo people) to Kazakhstan. The film not only looks to the past but is in conversation with the community as they navigate the complex transformative experience of exile in a post national world. Focusing on singers Bang Tamara and Lee Ham-deok, the documentary alternates between archival footage and participatory and reflexive interviews with Koryo communities.
Sound of Nomad established director Kim So-young as one of the most relevant and critically acclaimed contemporary Korean documentary filmmakers, a bold voice exploring an often overlooked but significant part of Korean history.
Screening as part of Korean Film Nights 2021: In Transit, a collaboration between Bertha DocHouse, the Korean Culture Centre UK and Birkbeck University.