From favela funk to grunting grunge musicians – every evening a documentary explores a different musical genre. No big egos, but often a surprise support act.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene SmithSara Fishko IFFR 2016 88′
From 1957 to 1965, Life Magazine photo journalist W. Eugene Smith was obsessed with bebop and free jazz. He aimed his camera almost exclusively at visitors to a loft in New York, where the cream of the jazz world came to improvise. Smith installed microphones as well, thus creating a unique audiovisual archive. Free admission.
Live from UBLauren Knapp IFFR 2016 82′
Western pop music, from The Beatles to Nirvana, only seeped through piecemeal to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, over the last decades. Today it has a vibrant music scene, complete with video clips, boy bands and all other Western clichés. Traditional throat singing still lives on, however, especially among grunge bands. Free admission.
Roaring AbyssQuino Piñero IFFR 2016 86′
Ethiopia has over eighty different cultures. With live recordings of music, this film is a voyage of discovery across mountains, deserts and forests to find the last interpreters of traditional Ethiopian music. A search for authenticity, which is increasingly being pushed aside by electronics and popular culture. Free admission.
Inside the Mind of Favela FunkElise Roodenburg, Fleur Beemster IFFR 2016 68′
Favela funk is pornographic and explicit, both in terms of its lyrics and dance moves. Moreover, the scene is dominated by men, often gangsters. Songs extol the male perspective on sex and reduce women to objects of desire. But how do Brazilian girls themselves feel about that? Free admission.