Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Acknowledgements: St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and
General | Africa | Americas
| Asia and Oceania | Distributor Information
Ngatahi: Know the Links. 2003. Directed by Dean Hapeta (New
Zealand). Distributed by Maorimusic.com. DVD, 158 mins. Parts one and
two of a four-part "rapumentary" shot by Maori rap artist
Dean Hapeta (Te Kupu) of Upper Hutt Posse. Moves, without narration,
through music by indigenous and marginalized peoples in France,
England, Canada, the United States, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica,
Hawai'i, Australia, and Aotearoa.
Afro@Digital. 2003. Directed by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
(Congo/France). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS and DVD, 52
mins. Documentary on the prospects for and uses of computer technology
in Africa, with some attention to music technology. In English,
French, Jula, and Yoruba with English subtitles.
Le silence de la forêt/The Forest. 2003. Directed by
Bassek ba Kobhio and Didier Ouénangaré (Cameroon/Central
African Republic/Gabon). Distributed by California Newsreel. VHS, 93
mins. Feature film focusing on the cultural disjunctures between BaAka
peoples and other Africans, based on the novel of the same name by
Etienne Goyemide. Stars Eriq Ebouaney, with music by Manu Dibango. In
Diaka, French, and Sango with English subtitles.
Bachata: música del pueblo. 2002. Directed by Giovanni
Savino (USA). Distributed by The Cinema Guild, Inc. VHS and DVD, 60
mins. Traces bachata from Santo Domingo to New York City and
back. Includes interviews with and performances by Luis Segura, Luis
Vargas, Frank Reyes, Blas Duran, and others, with commentary by
Deborah Pacini Hernandez. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Beef. 2003. Directed by Peter Spirer (USA). Distributed by
Image Entertainment. DVD, 103 mins. Documentary on MC battles in
performance and on the street. Narrated by Ving Rhames, and featuring
KRS-ONE, Kool Moe Dee, 50 Cent, DMX, Dr. Dre, and others.
Beef II. 2004. Directed by Peter Spirer (USA). Distributed by
Image Entertainment. DVD, 85 mins. Focuses more on the business of hip
hop battles. Narrated by Keith David, and featuring interviews with
Redman, Method Man, Canibus, Cypress Hill, and others.
Cuba feliz. 2004 (2000). Directed by Karim Dridi (Cuba).
Distributed by KOCH Entertainment. DVD, 93 mins. Narrative-free
documentary following the 76-year-old Cuban singer-guitarist Miguel
Del Morales, or "El Gallo," as he travels around the
country. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Elvis: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll. 2004. Directed by
Steve Bassett (USA). Distributed by Kultur. DVD, 80 mins. Focuses on
the 1954-55 cross-country tour of Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and
Bill Black. Includes interviews with Scotty Moore and others.
Female American Rap Stars. 2004. Directed by Omar Sharif (USA).
Distributed by Ardustry Home Entertainment. DVD, 85 mins. Documentary
on women in hip hop, featuring interviews with Missy Elliott, Eve, MC
Lyte, and others.
Heartland Reggae. 1994 (1983). Directed by Jim Lewis (USA).
Distributed by Palm Beach Entertainment, Inc. VHS, 95 mins. Concert
film shot in Jamaica at the Savanna-la-mar festival in 1977 and the
One Love Peace Concert in 1978. Includes performances by Bob Marley,
Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, U-Roy, and others.
Ilé aiyé (The House of Life). 2004 (1989).
Directed by David Byrne (USA). Distributed by Plexifilm. DVD, 51 mins.
Impressionistic documentary on candomblé. Includes
ritual music, popular Brazilian songs influenced by
candomblé, and an original score by David Byrne recorded
with Brazilian musicians in Bahia and New York.
Rockers. 2000 (1977). Directed by Theodoros Bafaloukos
(Jamaica). Distributed by Music Video Distributors. VHS and DVD, 90
mins. Classic reggae feature film starring Leroy
"Horsemouth" Wallace as a version of himself. Described by
Michael Thomson of bbc.co.uk as the "kind of film where
atmosphere is all, and narrative counts for little." The
soundtrack includes music by Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Third World,
the Heptones, Peter Tosh, and others.
Yo soy Celia Cruz. 2003 (1986). Directed by Hugo Barroso
(Cuba/USA). Distributed by Marakka 2000. VHS and DVD, 51 mins. Homage
to the gran diva cubana who worked with La Sonora Matancera in
the 1950s and with Tito Puente and others after her move to the United
States in 1960. In Spanish with no English subtitles.
Asia and Oceania
From Africa to India: Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora.
2003. Produced and directed by Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy and Nazir Ali
Jairazbhoy. VHS, 74 mins. Distributed by Apsara Media for
Intercultural Education. Survey of Afro-Indian music and dance, shot
predominantly in Karnataka, Hyderabad, Bombay, and Gujarat, but with
concert footage from the first international Sidi tour of England and
Wales in 2002 as well.
From China's Southwest Borders: Minority Dances, Songs, and
Instrumental Music of Yunnan. 2001. Recorded and edited by Li Wei
and Zhang Xingrong (China). Distributed by Apsara Media for
Intercultural Education. VHS, 120 mins. Two hour-length volumes,
available separately, of recordings made between 1984 and 1999 by Li
Wei and Zhang Xingrong of the Yunnan Art Institute in Kunming. With
Chinese subtitles; accompanying English-language booklets by Helen
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