The Scopitone programme (admission free) shows remarkable music documentaries in the Kleine Zaal of the Rotterdam Schouwburg. The fifth edition of this series of film will again be introduced by music connoisseur and film collector Fenno Werkman, and includes the documentaries Blackhearts (Norway, 2016) and Cairo Jazzman (Germany, 2017).
Films in ‘Scopitone’
War of WordsCraig Tuohy, Tom Worth IFFR 2017 63′
Warning: explicit language! What started as an internet phenomenon is now in the streets, bars and even in major arenas: the noble art of verbal humiliation. Rap without brakes. The culture clash between the latest generation of American and British battle rappers is its entertaining highlight.
Cassette: A Documentary MixtapeZack Taylor IFFR 2017 93′
If only you'd kept them! After vinyl, cassettes are also making a comeback. Contemporary hipsters, midlife daydreamers and octogenarian pioneers idiosyncratically declare their love for the handy format. With musicians Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore, and a leading role for Dutch inventor Lou Ottens.
BlackheartsFredrik Horn Akselsen, Christian Falch IFFR 2017 84′
In Norway, the birthplace of black metal, the genre went from being vilified to a tourist attraction in a little over 25 years. This mildly ironic documentary follows three young metal acts as they make their pilgrimages to the North. However, the situations in their home countries of Greece, Columbia and Iran are what make their quest so special.
Placebo: Alt.RussiaCharlie Targett-Adams IFFR 2017 67′
Fifteen years after they first played in Russia, British band Placebo tour there again. To keep things interesting they seek out like-minded alternative musicians, artists, designers and performance artists along the way. A disturbing look behind the scenes of a heavily controlled society.