Compiled by Barbara Rose Lange / University of Houston
General | Africa | Americas
| Asia and Oceania | Europe | Distributor
Boogaloo Road. 2001. Directed by Runar Enberg and Marianne
Soderberg. Distributed by Naud Production AB, Umeo, Sweden. Digi
Beta/DV, 57 mins. Follows the activities of jazz musician Tim Hagans
in New York with drum 'n' bass genre, and in the Arctic circle
with a local big band.
African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich. 2003. Directed and produced
by Ken Glazebrook and Alla Kovgan. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and
Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 70 mins. Explores African contemporary dance
through eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada that participated
in the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, Canada in 1999.
Includes interviews with African dance historians.
Listen to the Silence: Rhythm in African Music. 2003. Directed by Peter
Bischof. Distributed by Filmakers Library, New York, NY. Video, 52 mins. Demonstrates
how polyrhythms pervade daily life and music in Ghana. Includes footage of Ewe,
Ashante, Ga and Frafra peoples.
Candombe. 2002. Produced by Carlos Paez Vilaro, Hassen Balut,
and Silvestre Jacobi. Distributed by Latin American Video Archives,
New York, NY. Video, 58 mins. Describes the music of the descendants
of African slaves in Montevideo, Uruguay. English subtitles.
Celebrating American Music. 2003. Distributed by Films
for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 22 mins.
Performances of zydeco, flatpicking, and country western/blues with
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Doc Watson, and Ray Charles. Narrated
by Nick Spitzer.
Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records. 2002
(2001). Directed by Bruce Sinofsky. Distributed by Image
Entertainment, Chatsworth, CA. DVD, 112 mins. This film includes
interview footage with the founder of Sun records; depicts a reunion
of some of the early Sun artists. Part of the American Masters
Heroes of Latin Hip Hop. 2002. Directoed by Joe Ritter and Fred
Sherman. Distributed by Music Video Distributors, Oaks, PA. DVD, 85
mins. Survey of Latin hip hop, including interviews with some of the
genre's first prominent figures.
Inca Music, Journeys and Rituals. 2002. Directed by Anja Dalhoff. Distributed
by Filmakers Library, New York, NY. Video, 52 mins. Follows two Peruvian musicians
on a trip into the rain forest where they visit three tribal communities. The
communities retain indigenous traditions to varying degrees and react to globalization
in contrasting ways.
Mount Shasta. 2001. Directed by Christopher McLeod. Distributed
by Bullfrog Films, Oley, PA. Video, 31 mins. Analyzes
the tensions on Mount Shasta between New Age believers, Wintu people,
and commercial developers.
Moyngo, O Sonho de Maragareum (Moyngo, the Dream of
Maragareum). 2003. Directed by Kumare, Karane and Natuyu Ikpeng.
Distributed by Latin American Video Archives, New York, NY. Video, 44
mins. A documentary/fiction film created by indigenous videographers,
depicting the origin myth of the Ikpeng tattoing ceremony. English
Pretty Colors: Inside America's Rave Culture. 2000.
Directed by Amirouche Jesse Allaoua. Distributed by Films for the
Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, NJ. Video, 77 mins. Survey of the
rave scene in Los Angeles, through the eyes of two teenagers.
Scratch. 2002 (2001). Directed by Doug Pray. Distributed by
Palm Pictures, New York, NY. Video, DVD, 92 mins. Depicts the
activities of DJs, both as soloists and as accompanists to rap.
Includes performance and interview footage.
Son de la tierra. Song of the Earth: Traditional Music from the
Highlands of Chiapas. 2002. Directed by Jorge. Distributed by the
Chiapas Media Project, Chicago, IL. Video, 17 mins. Depicts older
Tzotzil people discussing the importance of music in their culture,
and the effects of Western dress and viewpoints on this music. Filmed
and produced by indigenous videographers.
Subtango (Subtango). 2000. Directed by Sofia Vaccaro. Distributed
by Latin American Video Archives, New York, NY. Video, 59 mins. Depicts tango
as interpreted by dancers, accordion players, and poets in the bars of Buenos
Aires. The film takes an anti-commercial position. English subtitles.
Sweet Old Song. 2001. Directed by Leah Mahan. Distributed by
Filmaker's Library, New York, NY. Video, 57 mins. Depicts the
musical activities and the Dixieland and blues styles of Howard
Armstrong, who is ninety years old.
Virtuosos (Virtuosos). 2000. Directed by Luis Armando Roche.
Distributed by Latin American Video Archives, New York, NY. Video, 53
mins. An exploration of three important folkloric musicians of
Venezuela, with commentary by contemporary Venezuelan musicians and
musicologists. English subtitles.
Asia and Oceania
Festivals in Tuojue. 2001. Directed by Shan Leng. Distributed
by Sichuan Television, Sichuan, China. Betacam SP, 26 mins. Depicts
the material culture and rituals of the Yi people of southwestern
From China's SW Borders. Minority Dances, Songs, and Instrumental Music
of Yunnan: A Video Survey. 2001. Directed by Wei Li and Xingrong Zhang.
Distributed by Apsara Media, Van Nuys, CA. Video, 120 mins, booklet. Survey
of music of the ethnic minorities of Yunnan province. Booklet includes English
translations of subtitles and song texts.
Join Me in Shambhala. 2002. Directed by Anya Bernstein. Distributed
by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video, 30 mins. Explores
the Buryat revival of Buddhism in Siberia and the work of Tibetan lamas in this
Kurtal - Snake Spirit. 2003. Directed by Nicole Ma and Michelle
Mahrer. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Video,
28 mins. Follows an Aboriginal elder who travels to visit a sacred waterhole
and then performs a ritual that communicates to ancestors through the snake
Of Bards and Beggers. Directed by Shweta Kishore and Yask
Desai. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown,
MA. Video, 30 mins. Depicts a performance of the Pabuji epic with the
aid of scrolls in Rajasthan; discusses the effects of tourism.
Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community. 2002. Produced by Timothy
R. Tanherlini and Stephen J. Epstein. Distributed by Filmakers Library,
New York, NY. Video, 39 mins. Follows two college students through the underground
punk rock scene in Korea. Includes commentary on the rise of a youth subculture
in Korea during the 1990s.
Ravi Shankar in Portrait. 2002 (2001). Distributed by
Amazon.com. Two DVDs, 190 mins. Produced in honor of Ravi
Shankar's 80th birthday, this DVD set includes footage of
performances by Shankar and his musical partners from the 1930s
through the present. Second DVD includes full performances of two
Singing Between Two Worlds: Learning Traditional Music in the Heart
of Modern India. 2002. Directed by Ian Hardy. Distributed by
Filmakers Library, New York, NY. Video, 26 mins. Portrait of the Dagar
brothers and the rigorous training in dhrupad singing that they
receive from their father.
Arvo Pärt - 24 Preludes for a Fugue. 2003. Directed by Dorian
Supin. Distributed by F-Seitse Films, Tallinn, Estonia. Beta, PAL Video, 87
mins. Collates 24 different moments of Pärt's life and music during
the 1990s. [ Part ]
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