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Directed by Omi Zola Gupta, Sparsh Ahuja

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.
Birdsong portrays the collision of an ancient linguistic practice with the modern condition of urban life in Laos. The film explores how listening can change our perception of both society and nature, offering a glimpse into the philosophical relationship between sound and reality.

Writer: Omi Zola Gupta, Sparsh Ahuja
Producer: Sparsh Ahuja, Omi Zola Gupta, Dorn Bouttasing
Executive Producer: Cherie Federico, Steve Melia, Lindsay Poulton, Jess Gormley
Director of Photography: Janamejaya Daroz
Editor: Giorgia Zarantonello
Sound Designer: Carlos San Juan Juanchi

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