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Congo Beat the DrumAriel Tagar IFFR 2016 57′
Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), two musicians from Tel Aviv, go to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae greats. Once there they are as much impressed by the local sites and the beauty of the natural environment as by the spirited musicians. A musical pilgrimage. Free admission.
Danny SaysBrendan Toller IFFR 2016 104′
From The Doors to Nico, Iggy Pop and the Ramones: few people have had such a sharp nose for alternative rock as music journalist, talent scout and manager Danny Fields. Yet this zany genius, whom Alice Cooper once hailed as the ‘underground mayor’ of New York, always remained the picture of modesty. A musical journey back in time. 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.
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.
Sex and Broadcasting - A Film About WFMUTim K. Smith IFFR 2016 78′
Ken Freedman is the driving force behind legendary WFMU Radio, as the dysfunctional father figure of a group of anarchistic DJs. They have free reign to share their love of music, without any commercial considerations and with loyal listeners like Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons). Free admission.
Waiting for B.Paulo Cesar Toledo, Abigail Spindel IFFR 2016 71′
What possesses a group of poverty-stricken Beyoncé fans to camp out for two months in front of the stadium where their idol will be performing? The exuberant collective - mostly young gays - primarily encounters solidarity in their temporary camp, where racism and discrimination briefly make place for glamour and fun. Free admission.