ABRAZOS: TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES
Directed by Daniel Rivas, 2003
This faithful and exhilarating representation of the 5th Buenos Aires Tango Festival brings to the screen all the squeezes of the accordion, quick kicks, and guttural songs of heartbreak, deceit and national pride. Today's biggest names in tango perform onstage and off, from the hilariously tense preparations to dozens of performances and intimate interviews with established and rising stars. In Spanish with English subtitles.
SONS OF BENKOS and HANDS OF GOD
Sons of Benkos directed by Lucas Silva, 2003
Hands of God directed by Delia Ackerman, 2004
Sons of Benkos
shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over generations while exploring the presence of African culture in Colombia. The title pays homage to Benkos, an important Black leader in the fight for freedom during the era of slavery in Colombia. The title "Sons of Benkos" suggests the ongoing struggle for the recognition of African influences on Colombia's artistic heritage. Hands of God
tells the story of Peruvian percussionist Julio "Chocolate" Algendones, a legendary musician famous for his speed and dexterity on the cajon drum. Mixing traditional African influences with contemporary jazz, Algendones composed, taught, and performed many musical styles all over the world.
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DRESS REHEARSAL: THE BRAVE HURR'S TA'ZIEH
Directed by Nasser Taghvai, 2005
From Nasser Taghvai (Tales of Kish
), one of the original filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave, comes his latest documentary. This rare glimpse into Iranian culture chronicles the performance of a ta'zieh, an ancient and uniquely Iranian passion play that celebrates the glory of martyrdom for the sake of justice. In Persian with English subtitles.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR EYES HAVE DONE TO ME
Directed by Sergio Wolf & Lorena Muñoz, 2003
Argentine singer and tango legend Ada Falcón disappeared without a trace in 1942, at the height of her career.
Sixty years later, the filmmakers trace the life of the enigmatic performer in this unique documentary, told in the style of a classic thriller. The investigation finally locates the reclusive superstar, sequestered away as a Franciscan nun. In Spanish with English subtitles.
ISA: THE PEOPLE'S DIVA
Directed by Ted Schillinger, 2000
This documentary chronicles the life of pioneering Yiddish singer Isa Kremers, reclaiming the legacy of a complex, passionate woman who transcended time and geographic borders. "[Kremer] searches for hidden treasure in the realm of art. She sings with her voice, her body, her eyes, and she captivates with her charm" (Los Angeles Times
, Dec. 19, 1924)
JAMAICAN MUSIC & SOUL:
MADE IN JAMAICA/THE JOURNEY OF THE LION
Made in Jamaica directed by Jerome Laperrousaz, 2006
The Journey of the Lion directed by Fritz Baumann, 1992
Jamaican Music & Soul
offers two films
about Jamaica's world-renown home-grown
Made in Jamaica
wall-to-all music from 19 bands, including Bunny
Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Third World, Doc
Marshall, and Sly Dunbar & Robby Shakespeare.
Through music, interviews, and performances,
this documentary explores the roots and influence
of reggae and its evolution into island, rap and
dancehall music. The Journey of the Lion
is a rare
docudrama starring Rastafarian musician Brother
Howie, who dreams of the land of his ancestors—
Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his
destiny he travels across three continents with his
humor and sensitivity intact.
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View Journey of the Lion clip (.mpg)
LEAR '87 ARCHIVE
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 2001
Jill Godmilow's six-hour archive of the Mibou Mines ensemble's controversial 1990, gender-reversed production of Shakespeare's King Lear
documents the first the first two-week workshop on the play at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta.
Directed by Mustapha Hasnaoui, 2006
Margaret Garner was a slave who was separated
from her husband by a white slave-owner and
forced to become his mistress. In 1856, she fled
from Kentucky with her husband and two children
to the supposedly free state of Ohio. Rather than
allow their children to be taken back into slavery,
Margaret tried to kill her two little girls. The case
became the subject of a heated national debate. Co-produced by the Michigan Opera
Theatre, the Cincinnati Opera and the Opera
Company of Philadelphia.
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MAXWELL STREET BLUES
Directed by Linda Williams & Raul Zaritsky, 1981
Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street was home to an open-air market that thrived for decades. It was there that the Chicago blues was born as African American street musicians, who had fled the rural South for the city, played regularly on the dirty corners, empty lots, and broken sidewalks. Together, they hammered out a hard-driving, electrified sound that influenced the world.
NOT 4 $ALE: TV SHERIFF & THE TRAILBUDDIES
Emerging from the LA underground in the year 2000, a self - proclaimed "video band" called TV Sheriff & the Trailbuddies hit the scene with their twisted take on performance art and VJ remixing. They have since taken their unique act to venues worldwide, providing animated commentary on the state of mind control in the USA.
THE POPOVICH BROTHERS OF
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1978
In a small community of steel workers, truck drivers, and teachers on the South Side of Chicago, a musical group called the Popovich Brothers maintained the traditional music and rich culture of their Serbian homeland by performing in local venues. During the 1970s, when this poignant but entertaining documentary was produced, the Popovich Brothers had been performing for almost 50 years, bringing this music to young generations eager to embrace the culture and values of their parents’ native country. The brothers play with an earnest passion, making their love of the music and traditions infectious.
ROY COHN/JACK SMITH
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1995
In Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
, actor Ron Vawter’s legendary, tour de force performance as two
public figures who were both gay is captured by director Jill Godmilow. Vawter (Sex, Lies and Videotape
Silence of the Lambs
) dazzles in a dual role as the rabid, conservative lawyer Roy Cohn and the
flamboyant experimental filmmaker Jack Smith. Representing two extremes of the political spectrum, Cohn
and Smith nonetheless shared something in common -- they both died of AIDS.
SI SOS BRUJO: A STORY OF TANGO
Directed by Caroline Neal, 2005
Si Sos Brujo
is a heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club
did for the music and musicians of Cuba -- illuminating an evolving culture, a way of life and the triumph of preserving one of the most intricate musical traditions of the world, following nearly 50 years of relative obscurity. In Spanish with English subtitles.
SONATA FOR VIOLA
Directed by Semyon Aranovich & Alexander Sokurov, 1981
Sokurov's film is regarded as the definitive document on one of the 20th century's most important composers, Dmitri Shostakovich. Miraculously preserved from the hands of the KGB who wanted it destroyed, Sonata for Viola
has been fully restored after being hidden for years. In Russian with English subtitles.
TANGO: OUR DANCE
Directed by Jorge Zanada, 1988
A fascinating exploration of the tango's complicated role within the social and personal landscape of Argentina. With a special appearance by Robert Duvall. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1996
What's Underground About Marshmallows?
was the second part of Ron Vawter's
highly acclaimed theater piece Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
, first staged in 1989 in New York City and then
performed nationally until Vawter's death from AIDS in 1994. Jack Smith was a vanguard underground
filmmaker, who was sometimes hailed as the father of performance art. In his later films and
performances, such as the one re-imagined here, Smith explored a deceptively frivolous camp aesthetic
that transformed bits of Hollywood "B" movies into socio-political critique and high art.
WITH JERZY GROTOWSKI, NIENADÓWKA 1980
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1980
Jerzy Grotowski, a leading figure of the
theatrical avant garde in the 20th century, invited a film
crew to travel with him to the small village of
Nienadówka, Poland in 1980. It was there that he, his
mother, and his brother had been hidden by a peasant
family during the Nazi occupation. Grotowski returns
for the first time since the war, hoping to find the
people and places, the images and the sounds of his
intensely lived childhood -- memories that are indelibly
linked to his art.
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