Acoustic Heart

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

I found “Acoustic Heart” to be a convicting & beautifully touching 30min documentary on NHK World’s program Inside Lens, showing the power of music & compassionate relationships to overcome disabilities in this lovely & talented young woman’s life:

From NHK World
Inside Lens (Program Info) : Acoustic Heart (Episode Info)
Director: Hyun Jinsik


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Broadcast on February 26, 2017

Guitarist Kim Jihee (21) has an intellectual disability. Intellectual disability manifests itself as a lack of learning ability and social skills. Being around classmates who do not understand her, Jihee has so far spent dark, lonely days with not even one friend. But as Jihee learned to play the guitar, she started to change. Now, she has grown into a guitarist performing on numerous stages. The guitar, as Jihee’s best friend, has allowed her to get in touch with the world. However, she is still unskilled in communicating with others. The sound of her voice and guitar are not strong enough to fully reach the audience. Nevertheless, people give Jihee a big applause because of the fact that she has a disability. Jihee aspires to become a better musician. But as she gets close to a wall—the absence of creativity—she encounters limitations as a musician, too early on. There is, however, no limit to her efforts to flourish as a musician. In the meantime, Jihee is entering the society, a step at a time.

Director: Hyun Jinsik
Location: South Korea
Duration: 28 min.
Genre: Life / Music / Social Issue
Air Date (JST): Monday, February 27, 2017

Available until March 12, 2017


EDIT: The video posted above ended its availability but has been replayed on NHK’s Inside Lens throughout the year; however, the website link changes (for example, it was played on 12/17/17 and available until 12/31/17 at a different link: It may be necessary to go to NHK’s video-on-demand section and search for “Acoustic Heart”.

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