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’
Drag KidsMegan Wennberg IFFR 2020 78′
You can be a drag queen aged 9 or 11, if you just have the right make-up, clothes and attitude.
Can you be a drag queen at a young age? Of course you can: Stephan (9), Nemis (9), Jason (11) and Bracken (11) provide living proof. Only when they dress campily with fabulous make-up can they be themselves. Highlight: their performance at Montreal Pride.
Rebel DreadWilliam E. Badgley IFFR 2020 87′
Surprisingly, the video for 'Pass The Dutchie' was shot by a key figure in punk. Rebel Dread reveals Afro-Caribbean catalyst Don Letts' many facets.
When punk hit its peak, a smartly dressed DJ with Jamaican roots often spun reggae between the explosive band sets. And so began Don Letts' eventful career. A revealing documentary about the permanent fellow traveller for The Clash and many other bands he would go on to manage, film and accompany on stage.
On a le temps pour nousKaty Léna Ndiaye IFFR 2020 67′
Smockey's raps, poetry and performances honour the political legacy of Burkina Faso's first democratically elected and then assassinated president.
The 1987 assassination of Marxist politician Thomas Sankara prematurely ended Burkina Faso's fledgling democracy. Rapper, poet and activist Smockey keeps the spirit alive, rapping social commentary, political commitment and solidarity with the oppressed.
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.