Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang starts with a diva of a tragic family history related to a history of migration. The rare archival footage re-animates her history reverberating with the current world crisis. This is a testimonial — a witness to injustice and tragedy, but it is also a declaration of survival — a survival that is not static but transformative — not brittle but fluid. The trains that displace, the deserts that separate from one harsh horizon — a historical limit — but within that limit, against it and across it are people, are a culture, not escaping but flourishing unofficially, with the affective majesty of a melody, a rhythm, an Arirang.
The film will be represented in Korean and Russian with subtitles in English.