SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Ballad on the Shore, 2017


Date: 15 January 2020Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 15 January 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening

Ballad on the Shore, 2017, 98 min. By Chi-hang Ma

On the small isle of Tap Mun, Hong Kong, veteran fishermen sing ballads with pitches and tones that alternate and repeat themselves as if they were synchronising with the ocean waves. But as fewer and fewer know the harsh life at sea, these ballads are being forgotten by new generations. This film documents the fisherman’s way of life, and these unique songs - both on the verge of disappearing.