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Stammering Ballad

  • 90 min
  • Documentary
  • Chinese
  • China
  • 2018
The visual and musical journey of a Chinese folk musician torn between his desire for fame and his love for singing rural folk songs that are on the verge of being lost.
About The Film

Ga Song is a nomadic musician who travels year-round to perform in small bars and clubs, his stutter fading away as soon as he begins to sing. Displaced from his childhood village, most of the singer’s family is scattered throughout various areas. Ga Song is caught between two worlds, drawn to the opportunities of the city but still pulled back to the countryside, where his music is rooted.

This largely observational film follows Ga Song’s journey from urban to rural, from the stage into real life. The camera lingers on his performances while music bleeds into his everyday routine. Nan Zhang’s debut feature is a beautiful tapestry of intersecting Chinese landscapes, with stunning vistas, wonderful music and charming subject at its center.

- Stephanie Owens, Associate Programmer

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

  • Nan Zhang
  • Ruby Chen
  • Yong Zhang
  • Sinae Ha
Executive Producers
  • Douglas Blush
  • Hsiao-ming Hsu
  • Ga-song Zhang
  • Nan Zhang
Production Company
  • CNEX
  • Nan Zhang
  • Nan Zhang
  • Xi Feng


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