Listen Before You Sing

Listen Before You Sing

Taiwan | 2021 | 113 min | Yang Chih-lin

April 14 - 24, 2022

Based on the true story of the Vox Nativa Taiwanese Foundation Choir. To save their school from closure, leaders among the indigenous Bunun people in the mountains of Taiwan start a children’s choir to bring recognition and hope.


In the cloudy mountains of Taiwan, the elementary school of a small Bunun (a Taiwanese Indigenous people) village is on the brink of closing. Optimistic, a little goofy, and undeniably passionate, P.E. teacher and volleyball coach Bukut (Umin Boya) volunteers to lead the school’s choir to victory at a competition in the big city as a last-ditch effort to show that their school deserves to remain open. With the help of new music teacher Miss Huang (Ella Chen), they embark on a journey to build the students’ musical ability and confidence. But the kids, though hopeful and endearing, face unique challenges that their competitors don’t: Helping with the harvest, caring for their parents, and other responsibilities to keep the village afloat conflict with the choir, even though the students have the talent and drive. Based on the true story of the Vox Nativa Taiwanese Foundation Choir, Listen Before You Sing is an earnest ode to the power of one’s heritage and community to build hope and confidence in one’s ability to succeed.

— Janae Brooks

  • Original Language Title: 聽見歌再唱
  • Director: Yang Chih-lin
  • Principal Cast: Umin Boya, Ella Chen, Hsu Yi-Fan
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 113 min
  • Producer: Feng Mei Chang, Wolf Chen
  • Screenplay: Yang Chih-lin
  • Cinematographers: Pun-Leung Kwan
  • Editors: Hsiang-Dong Chen, Hsiao-Yun Ku
  • Music: George Chen, Annie Lo
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Golden Horse Film Festival 2021 (Film Project MAN-JIA Memorial Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Chinese, Bunun
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Neverland Entertainment Limited