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Current Films and Videos, Volume 47, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2003)
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Compiled by Barbara Rose Lange / University of Houston

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


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 television series.

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 subtitles.

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 China.

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 revival.

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 spirit.

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 ragas.

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 ]

Distributor Addresses

Apsara Media for Intercultural Education
13659 Victory Blvd, Suite 577
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Bullfrog Films
P.O. Box 149
Oley, PA

Chiapas Media Project
4834 N. Springfield
Chicago, IL 60625

Documentary Educational Resources
101 Morse St.
Watertown, MA 02172

Filmakers Library
124 East 40th St.
New York, NY 10016

Films for the Humanities and Sciences
P.O. Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543

F-Seitse Films
Narva Maantee 63
Tallinn, Estonia 10152
fax: 011-372-601-5982

Image Entertainment

Latin American Video Archives
124 Washington Place
New York, NY 10014
fax: 212-243-2007

Music Video Distributors
P.O. Box 280
Oaks, PA 19456

Naud Production AB
Box 487 90109 Umeo
tel/fax: 46-90-18-22-20

Palm Pictures
601 W. 26th St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
fax: 212-360-3609

Sichuan Television
40 Dongsheng St.
610015 Chengdu
Sichuan, China
fax: 86-28-664-1646

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