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Current Films and Videos, Volume 47, no. 3 (Fall 2003)
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Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)

This installment of the film- and videography includes not only current releases, but also a number of older documentaries that did not appear in earlier issues.

Acknowledgements: Barbara Rose Lange for advice and resource lists; the St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical support.

Editor's note: in order to aid searching, names and terms that have been coded to display diacriticals have been appended to the entry in brackets without diacriticals.

General | Africa | Americas | Asia and Oceania | Europe | Distributor Addresses

General

Beating the Drum. 1998. Directed by Fiona Cochrane (Australia). Distributed by the Australian Film Institute. PAL VHS, 51 mins. Documentary on issues surrounding the performance and interpretation of "world music." Excerpts of performances interspersed with interviews with musicians, producers, and ethnomusicologists, including Steven Feld, Philip Hayward, and Karl Neuenfeldt.

Global Underground: Transmission 00:1. 2001. Edited and compiled by Dom Phillips and George Stamkoski (UK). Distributed by Global Underground. DVD, 100 mins. First volume of Global Underground's Transmission series, produced in association with Volatile Media. Tour of the world of international dance music, featuring DJs from around the globe and hosted by Global Underground founders James Todd and Andy Horsfield.

Journey of Strings. 1997. Conceptualized, produced, and directed by Hunt Hoe (Canada). Distributed by Foreign Ghosts Productions. VHS, 24 mins. First volume in the Journey in Music series, exploring the history of chordophones. Includes instruments from China, Iran, Greece, and Spain.

Musicians in Exile. 1990. Produced and directed by Jacques Holender (Canada). Distributed by Rhapsody Films, Inc. VHS, 75 mins. Filmed on location in New York City, Paris and London, this performance documentary features Hugh Masekela, Julian Bahula, Jonas Gwanga, Duddu Pukwana, Quilapayun, and Paquito D'Rivera.

Sacred Sounds: Music of the World, Songs of the Soul. 2000. Directed by Carmine Cervi (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 58 mins. This award-winning documentary was filmed in 1999 at the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco. Along with commentary from festival director Dr. Faouzi Skali and music anthropologist David Lynch, the film features performances from the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions, including medieval chants, Sufi blessing songs, American gospel, and Israeli popular ballads. In English, French, and Arabic with English subtitles.

Saisir le "beat"/Respect the Beat. 1998. Conceptualized, produced, and directed by Hunt Hoe (Canada). Distributed by Foreign Ghosts Productions. VHS, 52 mins. Second volume of the Journey in Music series. Philosophy, history, and techniques of percussion, focusing on West African, Caribbean, Japanese, and South Indian instruments.

Africa

Baaba Maal: Live at the Royal Festival Hall. Produced by Trevor Wyatt (UK). Distributed by Palm Pictures. VHS and DVD, 70 mins. Recording of Baaba Maal's July 13, 1998 performance in London. Maal is joined on stage by Jamaican guitar virtuoso Ernest Ranglin and Sinead O'Connor's backing vocalists, The Screaming Orphans. "This wasn't just a great African event, it was one of the shows of the year" (The Guardian).

Ça twiste à poponguine. 1993. Directed by Moussa Sene Absa (Senegal). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 90 mins. Comedy feature, set in the 1960s, in which two rival groups of teens style themselves after French pop stars and American rhythm and blues artists. In French with English subtitles. [ Ca ]

Dôlé (Money). 2001. Produced and directed by Imunga Ivanga (Gabon). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 80 mins. Feature film that explores the lives of Libreville youth, with a plot that in part revolves around their obsession with hip-hop. In French with English subtitles. [ Dole ]

Fela in Concert. 1981. Distributed by V.I.E.W. Video. VHS and DVD, 57 mins. Recording of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's June 30, 1981 concert in Paris. "Hypnotic, cutting and defiant" (Jon Pareles, New York Times).

Karmen Geï. 2001. Directed by Joseph Gaï Ramaka (Senegal). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS and 35mm, 82 mins. The 53rd film interpretation of Merimeé's novella, Carmen, and first African film version. Like Carlos Saura's version, drastically and interestingly recasts the musical frame of Bizet's operatic version. With music by Doudou N'Diaye, Julien Jouga, El Hadj Ndiaye, Yandé Coudou Sène, and David Murray. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. [ Gei Gai Merimee Yande Sene ]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Distributed by Shanachie. 1999. VHS and DVD, 75 mins. First live concert video of Ladysmith Black Mambazo produced outside South Africa.

Rhythm of Resistance: Black South African Music. Produced and directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Traces the connections and relations between rural and urban practices and features Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Juluka, Philip Tabane & Malombo, the Mahotella Queens, and Abafana.

Rouch in Reverse. 1995. Directed by Manthia Diawara (UK/USA). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 52 mins. Noted Malian filmmaker Diawara practices "reverse anthropology" in this film on Jean Rouch and his films. "Disrupts any unitary view of representations of West Africa, the history of African film and Rouch's cinematic politics" (Steven Feld). In French with English subtitles.

La vie est belle (Life Is Rosy). 1987. Directed by Ngangura Mweze (Zaire/Belgium). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 85 mins. Like The Harder They Come, a story of a poor country musician seeking his fortune in the city—in this case in Kinshasha, Zaire. Stars Papa Wemba. In French with English subtitles.

You, Africa! 1993. Directed by Ndiouga Moctar Ba (Senegal). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 43 mins. Documentary on Youssou N'Dour's 1994 West African tour, with performances by Super Etoile and interviews with N'Dour. In French and Wolof with English subtitles.

Americas

Arhoolie Records 25th Anniversary Party: "It's Got To Be Rough and Sweet." 1987 (1985). Created, produced, and edited by John Lumsdaine (USA). Distributed by Arhoolie. VHS, 120 mins. 27 songs by various artists recorded at Veteran's Memorial Hall in Albany, California, on November 25, 1985. Includes interviews with and commentary by Arhoolie founder and president Chris Strachwitz.

The Bhangra Wrap. 1994. Directed by Nandini Sikand (USA). Distributed by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. VHS, 20 mins. Examines the emerging South Asian bhangra scenes in New York and Toronto.

A Blank Buffet. 1988. Directed by Les Blank (USA). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 60 mins. A sampler of the most memorable scenes of music, food and people from Les Blank's films through 1987.

The Bob Marley Story: Caribbean Nights. 1986. Directed by Jo Mendell and Charles Chabot (USA). Distributed by Island Records. VHS, 100 mins. Includes interviews with Marley's friends and family as well as archive footage of interviews with Marley himself.

Bonsoir Mes Amis (Goodnight My Friends). 1990. Directed by Huey (James Coleman) (USA). Distributed by Films by Huey. VHS, 46 mins. Biography of and performances by fiddler Ben Guillemette and singer Lionel "Toots" Bouthot. Also features Richard "Dickie" Morneau and Josée Vachon. [ Josee ]

A Brother with Perfect Timing: Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand). 1986. Directed by Chris Austin (USA). Distributed by Rhapsody Films, Inc. VHS, 90 mins. "When he left South Africa in the 1960s, Abdullah Ibrahim took Cape Town with him....The film gives a well-rounded view of a musician for whom exile means both pain and inspiration." (Jon Pareles, New York Times)

Buena Vista Social Club. 1999 (1998). Directed by Wim Wenders (USA). Distributed by Artisan Pictures, Inc. VHS and DVD, 105 mins. Documentary of 1996 recording sessions and concerts of Cuban musicians organized by Ry Cooder. Shows songs being recorded in the studio, concert footage from Amsterdam and New York City, and some of the musicians talking about their lives in Cuba and how they got started in music. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Chase the Devil: Religious Music of the Appalachians. 1990 (1982). Produced and directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Footage from Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, with performances by Dee and Delta Hicks, Nimrod Workman, Virgil Anderson, and the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers.

Clifton Chenier: The King of Zydeco. 1987. Directed by Vincent Casalaina and Les Blank (USA). Distributed by Arhoolie. VHS, 55 mins. Performances and interviews from the 1978 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival, with additional footage from Louisiana television programs.

Conversations with Intellectuals about Selena. 1999. Directed by Lourdes Portillo (USA). Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. VHS, 57 mins. Exchange among important Chicana intellectuals in the United States. In English. (See also www.lourdesportillo.com.)

Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena. 1999. Produced and directed by Lourdes Portillo (Mexico/USA). Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. VHS, 49 mins. Focuses on Selena's fans on both sides of the border. Includes interviews with personal friends, family, and fans, intercut with archival footage of performances and appearances at awards ceremonies, and news coveraage about her murder and the memorial service in Corpus Christi. In Spanish and English. (See also www.lourdesportillo.com.)

Cruisin' J-Town. 1995 (1975). Directed by Duane Kubo (USA). Distributed by National Asian American Telecommunications Association. VHS, 30 mins. Traces the 1960s political roots of Asian American music. Includes interviews with Dan Kuramoto, June Kuramoto and Daniel Valdez of El Teatro Campesino.

Deft Changes: An Improvised Experience. 1991. Directed by Alonzo Speight (USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 10 mins. Improvisatory exploration of the differences between a father and son, with performances by guitarist Mark Whittfield and drummer Frederick Waits.

Desi Remix Chicago Style. 1996. Directed by Balvinder Dhenjan (USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 46 mins. Shot in Chicago and London, this documentary follows three different Punjabi bands as they negotiate and discuss questions of identity.

Dexter Gordon—More than You Know. 1996. Directed by Don McGlynn (USA/Denmark). Distributed by the British Film Institute. VHS, 52 mins. Biographical documentary of the jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Includes performances from Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Art Blakey. Also featured is a glimpse into the making of Bertrand Tavernier's 'Round Midnight, in which Dexter Gordon starred and for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Duke Ellington's Washington: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Neighborhood. 1999. Produced by Stanley Nelson (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 57 mins. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith tells the story of the heyday, decline, and renewal of Uptown area of Washington, DC. Includes interviews with jazz pianist Billy Taylor, Ellington biographer John Hasse, and historians James Horton and Edward Smith.

Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers. 2002. Directed by Terry Moloney (USA). Distributed by Universal Pictures. VHS and DVD, 129 mins. Documentary featuring interviews and conversations with "Diamond Joe" Esposito.

Enamorados del Bolero. 1999. Produced and directed by Hugo Barroso (Cuba/USA). Distributed by HBM Productions, Inc. VHS, 60 mins. Part of the series, Vengo de Cuba. Narrates the history of the bolero from its origins in Santiago more than a hundred years ago to today. Contains footage filmed in Spain and Miami, as well as archival photos and film segments of famous singers. In Spanish with no English subtitles.

"Everything But The Squeak": A Cajun Boucherie and other Louisiana Traditions. 1997. Directed by Alan Govenar (USA). Distributed by Arhoolie. VHS, 30 minutes. Includes music by Aldus Roger, Ann Savoy, Ken Smith, Donald Thibodeaux and Cajun Fever, Tante Sue, the Huval brothers, Cheese Read, and the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, with visits to Fred's Lounge in Mamou for the weekly radio broadcast there and the Saturday morning jam sessions at the Savoy Music Center.

Frontierlife. 2003. Directed by Hans Fjellestad and Ryan Page (Mexico/USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 93 mins. Documentary of Tijuana and its history, with an "innovative score" (Filmmaker Magazine). In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Golden Age of Salsa with Larry Harlow. 1998. Directed by Orlando J. Guzmán Colón (USA). Distributed by the Cinema Guild, Inc. VHS, 70 mins. Profiles Larry Harlow, one of salsa's most influential musicians, affectionately known as "El Judio Maravilloso," along with many other legendary performers from the Latin music movement of the '50s, '60s, and '70s in New York City. [ Guzman Colon ]

A Great Day in Havana. 2000. Directed by Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll (USA). Distributed by Menemsha Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 83 mins. Documents contemporary Cuba as expressed by eleven artists from Havana. With musical performances by Carlos Varela, Síntesis, Compay Segundo, Pablo Milanes, Los Van Van and Isaac Delgado, and new music from Equis Alfonso, the chamber orchestra Camerata Romeu and local Afro-Cuban rumberos. Narrated by Yareli Arizmendi. (See also www.cinembargo.com; this film is also available from Facets Multi-Media.) [ Sintesis ]

Heavy Metal Parking Lot. 1998. Produced and directed by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik (USA). Distributed by Planet Krulik. VHS, 30 mins. Fans in a parking lot in Largo, Maryland, before a 1986 Judas Priest concert. Described by the directors as "a piece of twisted history."

His Eye Is on the Sparrow. 1999. Directed by Anne Lewis (USA). Distributed by Appalshop. VHS, 27 mins. Interviews, oral history, archival material, and performance footage chronicling the life of Ethel Caffie-Austin, West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music."

Huey Lewis And The News: Be-Fore! 1986. Directed by Les Blank (USA). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 31 mins. Follows one of the world's top rock-and-roll bands of the '80s and a crew of fifty technicians to the Bahamas for the making of a music video for "Stuck With You," from their album, FORE!

The Jazz Collection. 1996. Written by Gérald Arnaud and produced by Patrick Sobelman (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, ten-part series, 49-58 mins. each. Explores the history of jazz through the life and works of ten American jazz icons: Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Evans, Gil Evans, Max Roach, B. B. King, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. [ Gerald ]

Jazz Heroes: Monk, Ella, and Dizzy. 1998. Directed by Nick Bray and Janice Sutherland (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, three-part series, 25 mins. each. Life stories of Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie,

Jazz Is My Native Language: A Portrait of Toshiko Akiyoshi. 1983. Produced and directed by Renee Cho (USA). Distributed by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. VHS, 58 mins. Biography of the woman who played with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, and later founded the Akiyoshi/Tabackin Big Band.

Know Your Enemy. 1990. Directed by Art Jones (USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 27 mins. Critique of mass media bias against rap music and culture. Interviews and performance footage, with archival material from the Black Power Movement.

Maceo: Demon Drummer from East L.A. 1993. Produced and directed by John Esaki (USA). Distributed by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. VHS, 30 mins. Documentary of Maceo Hernandez Delgado, a young Chicano musician who studied taiko at Buddhist temples in Los Angeles and later joined the drumming troupe Ondekoza.

Many Steps. 2002. Produced by Patrick Mureithi (USA). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 28 mins. History of African-American collegiate stepping.

Media Assassin. 1989. Directed by Art Jones (USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 17 mins. Politically charged analysis of hip-hop culture.

Miss India Georgia. 1998. Produced and directed by Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg (USA). Distributed by Urban Life Productions. VHS, 57 mins. Four participants in this annual Atlanta beauty pageant discuss their feelings about growing up in the United States as children of immigrant parents. Includes song and dance footage from the pageant itself.

Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied. 2002. Produced and directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon (USA). Distributed by Wellspring Media. VHS, 54 mins. Includes interviews with members of Waters's bands, family members, and ex-girlfriends; archival interviews; and concert footage.

Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together. 1982. Produced and directed by Stevenson J. Palfi (USA). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 76 minutes. Features New Orleans pianists Isidore "Toots" Washington, Henry "Professor Longhair" Byrd, and Allen Toussaint.

Plena, canto y trabajo/Plena is Work, Plena is Song. 1989. Directed by Pedro A. Rivera and Susan Zeig (Puerto Rico/USA). Distributed by the Cinema Guild, Inc. VHS, 29 mins. Cultural and political history of the Puerto Rican plena. Includes rare performance footage and examines recent attempts to preserve plena in New York and Puerto Rico. Spanish with English subtitles.

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice. 1997. Directed by Nigel Noble (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 84 mins. Chronicles the history of Porgy and Bess and addresses American race issues. Narrated by Ruby Dee, with interviews with Anne Brown, Leontyne Price, William Warfield, Diahann Carroll, and Maya Angelou.

Radical Harmonies. 2002. Directed by Dee Mosbacher (USA). Distributed by Woman Vision. VHS and DVD, 90 mins. Chronicles the Women's Music Cultural Movement and its evolution from a "girl with guitar" to a revolution in the roles of women in music and culture.

Rap: Looking for the Perfect Beat. 1994. Produced and directed by Susan Shaw (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 53 mins. Melle Mel describes the history of rap and hip-hop from its roots in earlier oral and musical traditions to its full flowering in the mid-1990s. Commentary by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Nelson George, Gil Scott-Heron, Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and members of Public Enemy, Arrested Development, and the jazz/hip-hop fusion group UFO.

Roots, Rock, Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene. 2000 (1988, 1977). Produced and directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series, shot in Kingston in 1977. With rehearsal and concert footage that captures vintage performances by Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, the Heptones and Ras Michael.

Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities. 2000 (1988, 1979). Produced and directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series, with performances, interviews and recording sessions with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, Charlie Palmieri and Ray Barretto.

Shotguns and Accordions: Music of the Marijuana Growing Regions of Columbia. 2001 (1983). Directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series; exploration of vallenato music in the Valledupar region.

Son Sabroson: Antesala de la Salsa. 1999. Produced and directed by Hugo Barroso (Cuba/USA). Distributed by HBM Productions, Inc. VHS, 90 mins. History of Cuban and Caribbean dance music, with performances by Benny More, Matamoros, Roberto Faz, Perez Prado, Celia Cruz, Arturo Sandoval, Desi Arnaz and others. In Spanish with no English subtitles.

Speak of Me As I Am: The Story of Paul Robeson. 1998. Produced and directed by Rachel Hermer (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 55 mins. Narrated by Denzel Washington and Pam Grier and featuring Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, with interviews with academic experts and contemporaries such as Studs Terkel, Martin Duberman, Pete Seeger, Lloyd Brown, Glyn Roberts, Mark Naison, John Lewis, and Oscar Brown, Jr.

The Spirit of Samba: Black Music of Brazil. 2000 (1990, 1982). Directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Includes conversations with and performances by Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, and Chico Barque.

Stepping Razor: Red X. 1992. Directed by Nicholas Campbell (Canada). Distributed by Video Service Corporation. VHS and DVD, 103 mins. An exploration of reggae artist Peter Tosh's life and work; a "thunderous documentary" (Nick Coleman, Time Out). Features concert footage, interviews and narration from Tosh himself.

Street Music. 2003. Directed by J. D. Marlow (USA). Distributed by the director. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. A feature documentary about performance in public spaces. The film, primarily focused on New York City, looks at musicians and examines the dynamics that make up street performance, as well as the history, laws, and legal battles that have shaped street entertainment in today's society.

Tex-Mex: The Music of the Texas-Mexican Borderlands. 2001 (1990, 1982). Produced and directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Includes performances by Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jimenez, Little Joe Hernandez and others.

A Tickle in the Heart. 1996. Directed by Stefan Schwietert (USA/Germany). Distributed by Kino International. VHS, 83 mins. A portrait of octogenarian klezmer musicians Max, Julie, and Willie Epstein. Shot in black-and-white, the film follows the brothers as they embark on an international tour.

Waiting For Dark. 1993. Directed by Jorday Mechner (USA/Cuba). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 19 mins. Documentary without words which, through music and images, discusses the conditions of daily life in Cuba.

The Work of Director Spike Jonze. 2003. Directed by Spike Jonze (USA). Distributed by Palm Pictures. VHS and DVD, 400 mins. Documentary on this pioneer in the world of music videos. This double-sided DVD is the first collection of his non-theatrical work, including videos for Beastie Boys, Bjork, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Weezer, The Pharcyde, The Breeders, The Notorious B.I.G., The Chemical Brothers, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Wax, Dinosaur Jr. and Fatlip, and the short films How They Get There, Mark Paints, The Woods, The Oasis Video That Never Happened, Rockafella Skank, What's Up Fatlip?, Amarillo By Morning, and Torrance Rises. Also includes commentaries by the bands, behind-the-scenes features, interviews, and a 52-page color book.

The World Saxophone Quartet. n.d. Directed by Barbara McCullough (USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 5 mins. Brief look at the jazz quartet inspired by Ed Jordan at Southern University, featuring Hamiet Bluiet, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and David Murray.

Wynton Marsalis: All That Jazz. 1996. Produced and directed by Susan Shaw (USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 56 mins. This documentary opens at Wynton's studio in New York City, where he talks about his philosophy, his compositional methods, and his laid-back yet demanding approach to working with other musicians. Halfway through, the program shifts to his hometown of New Orleans, where he reflects on his musical roots, the history of jazz, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Ziveli! Medicine for the Heart. 1987. Directed by Les Blank (USA). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 50 mins. Examines the culture and music of the Serbian-American communities of Chicago and California. Made in association with Serbian-American anthropologist Andrei Simic and the University of Southern California's Visual Anthropology program. Features the Popovich Brothers, the Kapugi Brothers, and Dunav.

Zydeco. 1984. Directed by Nicholas Spitzer (USA). Distributed by Flower Films. VHS, 57 mins. Exploration of Louisiana creole culture and music. Most footage shot in and around Opelousas, concluding with a Mardi Gras performance at Slim's Y-Ki-Ki. English and French with English subtitles.

Zydeco Gumbo. 1988. Directed by Dan Hildenbrandt (USA). Distributed by Rhapsody Films. VHS, 28 mins. Includes performances by Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, Boo Zoo Chavis, Terence Semian and Willis Prudhomme; shot at Richard's in Lawtell, Slim's Y-Ki-Ki in Opelousas, and the Zydeco Festival in Plaisance.

Asia and Oceania

Dancing in the Moonlight. 1988. Directed by Trevor Graham (Australia). Distributed by the Australian Film Institute. PAL VHS, 52 mins. Footage from the Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts in Townsville, Australia, in 1988. Includes interviews with musicians and others from around the Pacific debating questions surrounding the impact of colonialism, the preservation of linguistic and musical practices, and media access for indigenous groups.

The Flute Player. 2003. Directed by Jocelyn Glatzer (USA). Distributed by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association. VHS, 53 mins. Documentary of musician and activist Arn Chorn Pond's return to Cambodia after living in the United States for twenty years. Audience Award—Documentary First Film, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2003.

Georgie Girl. 2001. Directed by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells (New Zealand). Distributed by Women Make Movies. VHS, 70 mins. Biography of Georgina Beyer, neé George Bertrand, Maori farm boy turned transvestite nightclub dancer turned Member of Parliament. [ nee ]

In Between the Notes: A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath, Master Indian Musician. 2002 (1986). Directed by William Farley (USA). Distributed by Other Minds. VHS, 28 mins. Traces the life story of Kirana master Pandit Pran Nath, from his spiritual and musical studies in India to his travels outside India as a teacher and performer.

Indian Classical Music. 1989. Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 85 mins. Features performances by Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, Amjad Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Ravi Shankar.

Into the Mainstream. 1989. Directed by John Whitteron and Ned Lander (Australia/USA). Distributed by the Australian Film Institute. PAL VHS, 55 mins. Follows the North American tour of Yothu Yindi, Modern Oil, and Graffiti Man, with a predominant focus on Yothu Yindi. Includes concert footage as well as excerpts of interviews. Highlights include an interview in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, out-takes of rehearsals, a visit to the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, and an exchange with Navajo elders from Big Mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Japanese Dance: Succession of a Kyomai Master. 2000. Directed by Nobuyuki Oka (Japan/USA). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 53 mins. Historical documentary on kyomai, Kyoto-style dance. Includes footage of the efforts of the 95-year-old reigning master, Inoue Yachiyo IV, to prepare her 43-year-old granddaughter to become her successor.

Journey inside Tibet. 1999. Directed by Tom Vendetti (USA). Distributed by Dancing Dolphin Press. VHS and DVD, 57 mins. Follows the travels of Paul Horn and Lama Tenzin from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Includes footage of Paul Horn recording music in Buddhist monasteries. Hosted and narrated by Kris Kristofferson. Recorded in May, 1998.

Mount Kailash: Return to Tibet. 2003. Directed by Tom Vendetti (USA). Distributed by Janson Media. DVD, 140 mins. The sequel to Journey inside Tibet (also included on the DVD), this film documents musician Paul Horn's return pilgrimage to Tibet.

Namekas: Music in Lake Chambri. 1979. Directed by Les McLaren (Australia). Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. VHS and 16mm, 53 mins. This film examines the musical traditions of Papua New Guineans on the southern shore of Lake Chambri (Middle Sepik River), from carved wooden drums used to shake loose ripened fruit for the harvest to bamboo flutes used in boys' initiations.

New Jakarta Ensemble: Commonality. 1999. Directed by Bret Stern (USA). Distributed by SIAM Records. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Performance using a wide array of instruments, with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Yin Mei. (Note: SIAM Records closed in 2001, but this video is currently available from Facets Multi-Media.)

No. 17 Cotton Mill Shanghai Blues. 2003 (1994, 1984). Directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Documentary shot in Shanghai, Beijing, and the Islamic region of Xinjian of musicians working in and around the Cultural Revolution.

Red Detachment of Women. 1968. Distributed by Third World Newsreel. 35mm, 105 mins. Presentation of the ballet company from China, telling the story of a women's military unit during the Revolution.

Rock Me Gung Hey. 1992. Directed by Shelton Ito and the Third World Newsreel Workshop (China/USA). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS, 5 mins. Short piece on the Gung Hey Kid, a fictional Chinese rapper created and played by Alvin Eng.

She Wants to Talk to You. 2001. Directed by Anita Chang (USA). Distributed by Women Make Movies. VHS, 27 mins. Made while the director was an artist-in-residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, this film explores the everyday lives of three teenagers, using cinema verité techniques and a musical story structure. [ verite ]

Shozan Tanabe: The Sound of Silence. 2000. Directed by Akio Ishiba (Japan). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 48 mins. Performances by and discussion with one of Japan's most recognized players of the shakuhachi.

Tabaran. 1992. Directed by Mark Worth (Australia/Papua New Guinea). Distributed by the Australian Film Institute. PAL VHS, 52 mins. Documentary of the work the Australian band, Not Drowning, Waving, did with Papua New Guinean musicians from 1988 to 1991, by filmmaker Mark Worth, a frequent collaborator with Not Drowning, Waving. Also explores the music and video industries in Papua New Guinea and the emergence of string bands around PNG. Focuses especially on the collaborations between David Bridie (Not Drowning, Waving) and PNG guitarist and vocalist George Telek.

Tsugaru Shamisen: The World of Michihiro Sato. 2000. Directed by Akio Ishiba (Japan). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 48 mins. Live performances by Sato at the Otsu Traditional Performing Arts Center along with the musician's commentary on the history and future of the shamisen player.

Two Faces of Thailand: A Musical Portrait. 2003 (1994, 1983). Directed by Jeremy Marre (UK). Distributed by Shanachie. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Part of the fourteen-volume Beats of the Heart series. Focuses on the Luk Tung style of Thai music, following Luk Tung star Surachai Sumbatcharon on tour.

The Worship of Music. 1998 (1972). Produced and directed by Merrill Brockway (USA). Distributed by Creative Arts Television. VHS, 27 mins. Concert by the Dagar Brothers, with commentary provided by Faubion Bowers.

Europe

Ashkenaz: The Music of Eastern European Jewry. Written and directed by Asher Tlalim (Israel). Distributed by Ergo Home Video. VHS, 28 mins. A nostalgic look at the music of Eastern European Jewry. Yiddish folk songs, liturgical music, Klezmer melodies and Yiddish theater tunes are included. The origins of Ashkenazic music are traced with the help of vintage archival footage from before World War II. In Yiddish and Hebrew with English subtitles and narration.

The Ballad of Bering Strait. 2003. Directed by Nina Gilden Seavey (USA). Distributed by KOCH Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 99 mins. Follows the classically trained Russian musicians that make up the group Bering Strait as they travel to the United States with high hopes of becoming country music stars.

Grove Music. 1981. Directed by Henry Martin (UK). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS and 35mm, 60 mins. This film explores the deep ties between politics and music in England's Caribbean community. Scenes filmed at a 1980 reggae carnival in London alternate with interviews of local musicians who express their rage and alienation through their music.

Hassidut: Hassidic Music. Written and directed by Asher Tlalim (Israel). Distributed by Ergo Home Video. VHS, 28 mins. Filmed in the Hassidic community; includes melodies from prayers, celebrations and other events. A production of the Israel Music Heritage Project.

The Heritage of Flamenco. 1992. Directed by Ricardo Pachon (Spain). Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. VHS and DVD, 60 mins. Background information on Moorish Spain and a chronology of Gypsy history provide the context for generous footage of a juerga—an informal flamenco performance. In Spanish with no English subtitles.

I'm British But.... 1989. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (UK). Distributed by Third World Newsreel. VHS and 35mm, 30 mins. Documentary on second-generation South Asian experiences in Great Britain, with extensive use and exploration of bhangra and Bangla music.

The Incredible String Band: Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending. 2001 (1969). Directed by Peter Neal (UK). Distributed by Music Video Distributors, Inc. DVD, 80 mins. This concert recording was made for the BBC's Omnibus Arts program. Although never broadcast, it had a limited theatrical release in Great Britain and the United States. The film frames have been cleaned and enhanced for the DVD re-release.

Sepharad: Judeo-Spanish Music. 1993. Written and directed by Asher Tlalim (Israel). Distributed by Ergo Home Video. VHS, 27 mins. Features Ladino songs of the Middle Ages, as well as songs of Sephardic Jewry. Performers include Eva Pitlick's Vocal Ensemble and singer Mira Zakai. In Hebrew and Ladino with English subtitles and narration.

Silent Song. 2001. Directed by Elida Schogt (USA). Distributed by Women Make Movies. VHS, 6 mins. Experimental work and meditation on memory, revolving around a single image of a boy playing the accordion after the liberation of the concentration camps.

24 Hour Party People. 2002. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (UK). Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 117 mins. Digital video feature on the Manchester music scene of the late '70s and '80s. "A fractured fever dream...outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

Distributor Addresses

Appalshop
91 Madison
Whitesburg, KY 41858
606.633.0108
fax: 606.633.1009
www.appalshop.org

Arhoolie Productions, Inc.
10341 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
510.525.7471
fax: 510.525.1204
www.arhoolie.com

Artisan Pictures, Inc.
2700 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.449.9200
www.artisanent.com

Australian Film Institute
49 Eastern Road
South Melbourne Victoria 3205
03.9696.1844
fax: 03.9696.7972
www.afi.org.au

British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
United Kingdom
44.0.20.7255.1444
www.bfi.org.uk

California Newsreel
Order Department
PO Box 2284
South Burlington, VT 05407
877.811.7495
fax: 802.846.1850
www.newsreel.org

The Cinema Guild, Inc.
130 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016-7038
212.685.6242
fax: 212.685.4717
www.cinemaguild.com

Creative Arts Television
PO Box 739
Kent, CT 06757
860.868.1771
fax: 860.868.9999
www.catarchive.com

Dancing Dolphin Press
PO Box 959
Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
800.539.0203
www.maui.net/~bigelk/

Documentary Educational Resources
101 Morse Street
Watertown, MA 02472
800.569.6621
fax: 617.926.9519
www.der.org

Ergo Home Video
PO Box 2037
Teaneck, NJ 07666-1437
877.539.4748
www.jewishvideo.com

Facets Multi-Media
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
800.331.6197
fax: 773.929.5437
www.facets.org

Films by Huey
103 Montrose Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
207.773.1130
www.columbia.edu/~jw157/ileife/huey/

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
PO Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543-2053
800.257.5126
fax: 609.275.3767
www.films.com

Flower Films
10341 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
510.525.0942
fax: 510.525.1204
www.lesblank.com

Foreign Ghosts Productions
www.huntmovies.com

Global Underground
Unit 5 Waldo Works
Waldo Road
London NW10 6AW
United Kingdom
44.0.870.112.1284
fax: 44.0.20.8964.9090
www.globalunderground.co.uk

HBM Productions, Inc.
PO Box 770053
Miami FL 33177-0053
305.278.7973
fax: 305.278.7467
www.hbmproductions.com

Island Records
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
www.islandrecords.com

Janson Media
Video & DVD Dept.
88 Semmens Road
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
201.784.8488
fax: 201.784.3993
www.janson.com

Kino International
333 West 39th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
800.562.3330
fax: 212.714.0871
www.kino.com

KOCH Entertainment
22 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
www.kochvision.com

J. D. Marlow
112 East 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
212.529.4913
jdmarlow@bellatlantic.net
www.streetmusicny.com

Menemsha Entertainment
Neil Friedman
1157 South Beverly Drive, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310.712.3720
fax: 310.277.6602

MGM Home Entertainment
2500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061
www.mgm.com

Music Video Distributors, Inc.
PO Box 280
Oaks, PA 19456
800.888.0486
fax: 610.650.9102
www.musicvideodistributors.com

National Asian American Telecommunications Association
22-D Hollywood Avenue
Hohokus, NJ 07423
800.343.5540
fax: 201.652.1973
www.naatanet.org

National Film Board of Canada
22-D Hollywood Avenue
Hohokus, NJ 07423
800.542.2164
fax: 201.652.1973
www.nfb.ca

Other Minds
333 Valencia Street, Suite 303
San Francisco, CA 94103-3552
877.934.8134
fax: 415.934.8136
www.otherminds.org

Palm Pictures
601 West 26th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212.320.3600
fax: 212.360.3609
www.palmpictures.com

Planet Krulik
PO Box 83025
Gaithersburg, MD 20883
www.planetkrulik.com

Rhapsody Films
46-2 Becket Hill Road
Lyme, CT 06371
860.434.3610
fax: 860.434.6201
www.cinemaweb.com/rhapsody/

Shanachie Records
37 East Clinton Street
Newton, NJ 07860
800.497.1043
www.shanachie.com

SIAM Records
555 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Third World Newsreel
545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
212.947.9277
fax: 212.594.6417
www.twn.org

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
818.777.1000
www.universalpictures.com

Urban Life Productions
22-D Hollywood Avenue
Hohokus, NJ 07423
fax: 201.652.1973
home.earthlink.net/~dfriedman1/migcol2.html

Video Service Corporation
481 University Avenue, No. 705
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9
Canada
416.597.8325
fax: 416.597.9142
www.videoservicecorp.com

V.I.E.W. Video
212.674.5550
fax: 212.979.0266
www.view.com

Wellspring Media
419 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
www.wellspring.com

Woman Vision
c/o Transit Media Communications
PO Box 1084
Harriman, NY 10926
800.343.5540
fax: 845.774.2945
www.woman-vision.com

Women Make Movies
462 Broadway Suite 500WS
New York, NY 10013
212.925.0606
fax: 212.925.2052
www.wmm.com

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