Time to Sing Together

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Shinduja is a young girl living in a slum area of Pune, India. She is a top student of Banana Children’s Choir run by a Korean singer, Jae-Chang Kim. Shinduja's parents are fish venders and see no future for their daughter's interest in music, but Kim hopes to open them up by involving all parents in a joint concert together. Shinduja urges her parents to go, but her parents often miss the practice due to work. With the concert date approaching, Kim is worried about the performance quality while Shinduja is afraid her parents cannot show up. Finally on the day of the concert, Shinduja’s father closes his fish cart and the whole family performs together on stage.

Director Hyewon JEE
Location India
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / Family / Life
Air Date (JST) Sat., Dec. 1, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016 *rerun
Mon., Jun. 20, 2016

About Director

Hyewon JEE

Hyewon JEE


Hyewon Jee has over 20 years of experience in producing and directing documentaries about culture, history, and human interest stories. She started her career at a production company, and then later worked at TV Chosun network as a senior producer. In 2008, she left the network to establish her own independent production company, Upright Media Productions. Overall she has directed about fifty TV documentaries and won numerous awards.


Korean Architect Kim Sookeun (1999) – KBS Program of Excellence Award
5 Documentaries for “Human Theater” Series (2000)
Pizza Aunt in Rome (2002) – Korean Broadcasting Commission Award
KBS World Cup Special (2002) – KBS Program of Excellence Award
Wonderful Lessons – Yongjae O’Neil and Nakdong Children (2010) - YWCA Good TV Program Award
Asian Women are the Future (2012) – Gender Equality Encouragement Award
Can we learn from Gandhi’s Diet? (2013) – Screened at the Kuchnia TV Food Film Fest in Poland
Mom and Clarinet (2015) - New York TV & Film Festival Award “Gold Medal” & “UNDPI”, YMCA Award “The Best TV Program of the Year”, Korea Producer’s Award “The Best Independent Documentary”

  • Director’s Interview


    SK: Hi, my name is Sunah Kim. I’m the producer of the program. And this is Hyewon Jee, the director. I met her about a year and half ago at a documentary workshop in South Korea. I learned about her project and I fell in love with it. So, I asked her to take me as a producer. Let’s ask her some questions about the production. Hyewon, tell us how did you start this project?

    HJ: Actually three years ago I was making a documentary about Mr. Kim and Banana Children’s Choir. Since then, I’ve been following his story.

    SK: So, what was your first impression of Mr. Kim?

    HJ: He has a good and warm heart. His intention is also very good. But he gets angry very easily. He is hot-tempered.

    SK: Yes, I can see that.

    HJ: There are multiple layers in his personality. I like that kind of thing, style.

    SK: Okay. Can you share with us what was the biggest challenge during the production?

    HJ: Do you know how many languages are there in India?

    SK: Honestly I don’t. How many?

    HJ: I don’t know exactly. But in our documentary, there are five or six languages. Hindi, English, Marati, and small tribe’s languages. So, I had a big problem in communicating with them.

    SK: So what is the message do you want to convey to the viewers through this program?

    HJ: I want to share the happiness of poor people living in slums. They are very happy. Usually we think slum people are very sad. But it’s not different. Another thing is the empowerment of people through music.

    SK: Yeah. Longfellow said, music is a universal language of mankind. And I can see that here music united people from different countries, different cultures, and also families together. So I hope the viewers enjoy the program as much as we do. So, let’s say good-bye?

    HJ: And then..

    SK: Ah, you want to say something?

    HJ: Yes. Time to Sing Together!

    SK: Okay. It’s Time to Sing Together! Bye~

    HJ: Bye~

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