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TWO MUSICAL ROAD MOVIES!
From Their Roots to Our World:
YOUSSOU N'DOUR and MARIA BETHÂNIA
YOUSSOU N'DOUR: RETURN TO GORÉE
"Absorbing... hearing N'Dour's soaring voice transmit his songs through the unfamiliar but effective surroundings of a jazz combo proves a transcendent experience" -TimeOut Chicago
A musical road movie, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's epic journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they invented. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to commemorate its victims. From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert.
Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, Switzerland/Luxembourg/Senegal, 2006, 35mm, 90 mins. In English and French with English subtitles.
Fri., Jul. 18 at 7 pm
Sat.-Sun., Jul. 19-20 at 5 & 9 pm
Mon.-Thurs., Jul. 21-24 at 7 pm
MARIA BETHÂNIA: MUSIC IS PERFUME
"Pic sticks to musical side of the best-known woman exponent of the 1970s movement known as tropicalia, and that works fine, as the gray-maned diva has plenty to say in that department" -Variety
In his captivating film, Georges Gachot invites us to enter the universe of Maria Bethânia, the famous Brazilian singer. Narrated by Bethânia herself, the film not only gives us an insight into the intimate sphere of Maria Bethânia's creative process, but focuses on the history of Brazilian music. First a muse of the so-called counter-culture, and then the queen of romantic ballads, Maria Bethânia chronicles her musical life experience in relation to Brazilian society's development. In addition to this, filmmaker Gachot gathers together a fantastic ensemble of contributors including Gilberto Gil, Nana Caymmi, Miucha, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, all of them witnesses and participants to some of the greatest music history of our time. Directed by Paul Gachot, Brazil/Switzerland, 2005, BetaSP, 82 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles.