The Joy of Singing

There is a special magic in singing together – everyone who has ever sung in a choir agrees on that. When a wide variety of voices come together in all their diversity, an enormous musical power is created. The Joy of Singing follows this magic and accompanies two choir directors and one choir director as they turn a group of singing enthusiasts, some of whom could not be more different, into choirs of rousing musical intensity. It is a glimpse into a field of work in which closeness and distance, identification and projection have to be brought into balance anew each time. Sometimes playful, sometimes serious, but always highly fascinated and open-hearted, the documentary illuminates choral singing as a unique symbiotic connection between all participants. The overwhelming feeling of being part of a whole determines the rhythm of the film. Humanity is discovered in music, where the shared experience of sound becomes a social adventure and a moment of self-realization in equal measure.

The two filmmakers Torsten Striegnitz and Simone Dobmeier have succeeded in creating a great symbiosis of music and documentary film with The Joy of Singing, which gives a true-to-life impression of the sense of community that singing in a choir means. Their film finds the humanity in art and the magic in music. A moving and stirring cinematic experience of great warmth that emphasizes the unstoppable power of community in times of isolation and makes understandable how music brings people together.


The Joy of Singing

There is a special magic in singing together – everyone who has ever sung in a choir agrees on that. When a wide variety of voices come together in all their diversity, an enormous musical power is created. The Joy of Singing follows this magic and accompanies two choir directors and one choir director as they turn a group of singing enthusiasts, some of whom could not be more different, into choirs of rousing musical intensity. It is a glimpse into a field of work in which closeness and distance, identification and projection have to be brought into balance anew each time. Sometimes playful, sometimes serious, but always highly fascinated and open-hearted, the documentary illuminates choral singing as a unique symbiotic connection between all participants. The overwhelming feeling of being part of a whole determines the rhythm of the film. Humanity is discovered in music, where the shared experience of sound becomes a social adventure and a moment of self-realization in equal measure.

The two filmmakers Torsten Striegnitz and Simone Dobmeier have succeeded in creating a great symbiosis of music and documentary film with The Joy of Singing, which gives a true-to-life impression of the sense of community that singing in a choir means. Their film finds the humanity in art and the magic in music. A moving and stirring cinematic experience of great warmth that emphasizes the unstoppable power of community in times of isolation and makes understandable how music brings people together.

 

Directors: Torsten Striegnitz & Simone Dobmeier
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Zora Nessl
Associate Producer: Rabea Rahmig
Editorial: Dagmar Mielke, Jens Stubenrauch
DOP: Max Preiss, Marcus Winterbauer, Christoph Krauss, Falco Seliger
Editor: Simone Dobmeier, Torsten Striegnitz
Sound: Karsten Höfer
Soundmixing: Jörg Höhne





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