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Movie: 'Intangible Asset No. 82,' on Korean shamanism and opera

  • Nov 8, 2012 · 7:30 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Note: Showtime is 8 p.m. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 standard and $12 for Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) members, available at the JCCSF Web site. JCCSF also offers festival passes at various levels. We'll meet in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

The 13th annual San Francisco World Music Festival opens with a screening of Emma Franz's documentary "Intangible Asset No. 82," which follows Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker on the last leg of his seven-year search for South Korea's Kim Seok-chul, a reclusive shaman whom he considers one of the world's great drum improvisers.

The film features pansori (Korean narrative opera) masters Bae Il-dong and Kim Dong-won, who will make their U.S. debut at the festival the following night (Nov. 9) with a performance of "Simcheongga."

Winner for Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival (South Africa) and Best Sound in Documentary at the AFI Awards Australia.

Trailer here:

"A profound and moving film" -- Yo-Yo Ma

"One of the best music documentaries I’ve seen" -- Bill Bragin, Lincoln Center public programmer

"Inspiring, fascinating and engagingly shot" -- Aidan Levy, Village Voice jazz writer

Official selection of the Durban, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, SXSW, Hot Docs and AFI-Discovery Channel SilverDocs film festivals

About the festival: The festival's program this year is "The Opera Project: Voices from the Other Side ...", showcasing the opera traditions of Azerbaijan, China, India, South Korea and Tibet through live and live-streamed performances.

This event is cross-hosted with The Red Lantern: Bay Area Asian Cinephiles.

We'll meet and greet after the show.  See you there!

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