Every night a different music genre, explored in a unique setting with live extras. What links these documentaries is their attention to social background.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
We Intend to Cause HavocGio Arlotta IFFR 2020 88′
Documentary about the band WITCH, hugely popular in Zambia in the 1970s, who mixed African and European music.
In the 1970s, Jagari was the most famous rock star in Zambia. Now, he earns a living as an anonymous miner. This documentary digs up his musical past, resulting in a reunion of legendary Zambian rock band WITCH: an acronym for We Intend To Cause Havoc.
TinnitusDaniil Zinchenko IFFR 2020 91′
The Russian musical answer to Glasnost was macabre, ear-splitting noise that proved fatal to many of its makers.
Electronic noise with a death wish was the Russian alternative music scene's answer to Glasnost. Many of the musicians have since died, whether due to drugs, suicide or unknown reasons. A look back at the time when romance and punk started a deadly relationship.
The Heart Is a DrumJacob Frössén IFFR 2020 74′
This unusual documentary catalogues the romantic and creative life of Neu! and Kraftwerk musician Klaus Dinger.
As one of the architects of the German krautrock scene's iconic 'Motorik Beat', the repetitive drumbeat that Neu! and Kraftwerk musician Klaus Dinger prefer to call 'the endless straight on'. This lends Swedish director Jacob Frössén a nice metaphor with which to catalogue this influential German musician's eventful life.
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland StoryPosy Dixon IFFR 2020 63′
The soulful life story of Beverly Glenn-Copeland, for whom recognition as a visionary musician came late in life.
The story of Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a composer of dreamy, electronic soul music so far ahead of his time, that he only met with sold-out venues at the age of 74. Also the story of an inspirational transgender who came out when homosexuality was still illegal.