"An engaging documentary about a groundbreaking gay men's choir." - Hollywood Reporter
In a social climate biased against sexual minorities, South Korea's first and only gay choir celebrates a decade of jubilant singing. This award-winning documentary offers an intimate account of their work to gain acceptance in a relatively conservative nation increasingly captivating Asia and the world through its popular culture.
Every weekend a group of gay men gathers in the heart of Seoul to sing. Playfully raw and amateur, the aptly named G-Voice looks for euphony in its performance activism rather than talent or perfection of skill. The group's existence is in itself a rarity, and its amicable plea for acceptance has generally been perceived as radical.
Creating impassioned anthems to hopefully reverberate into the mainstream and strike a tender chord in society, the members of G-Voice ultimately find themselves singing in opposition. Their performances are interrupted routinely, and aggressively, by expressions of unapologetic homophobia. But in over a decade of joyous perseverance and dedication, the group's collective voice has grown resolved to artfully undermine a context of abuse and claim its place in South Korea's idiosyncratic and influential pop culture.
With an observational tone that both laments the status quo and celebrates a budding gay-rights movement, Weekends offers a direct account of the many challenges facing South Korea's oppressed LGBT community, and captures a process of cultural change tied to South Korea's emergence as a democratic global power.
98 Minutes | Korean with English subtitles.