Stammering Ballad: The Story of a Wandering Folk Singer and His Vanished Past
Why We Recommend it
This moving documentary, which follows the nomadic life of a young, stuttering Chinese folk singer, will be screened at Asia Society, followed by a sharing session with the film’s director and producer.
Three decades ago, the population of a remote village was relocated from the desert to the banks of the Yellow River. Most of the villager’s local ballads and folk music, that had been passed down from generation to generation, were lost.
One of the villagers, Ga Song, learned many of these folk songs in an attempt to treat his stutter. For the last seven years, Ga has been wandering through hundreds of cities, trying to make a living as a touring singer. His growing popularity led him to appear on the television show China’s Got Talent, but the performance of the folk music of his homeland got him nowhere.
Stammering Ballad (2018) follows the young singer on his journeys and reveals why he leads such a wandering, disassociated life: the village he grew up in and pines for no longer exists…