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Current Films and Videos, Volume 48, no. 1 (Winter 2004)
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Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)

Acknowledgements: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.

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Bamako Is a Miracle. 2002. Directed by Samuel Chalard (Switzerland/Mali). Distributed by Afro Blue. VHS, 53 mins. Documentary on the collaboration of trombonist Roswell Rudd and Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. In French and English with French subtitles.

Le Do qui danse. 2002. Directed by Idrissa Diabaté (Côte d'Ivoire). Distributed by Dja-comm Production. VHS, 52 mins. A documentary on the Ivorian musician Cheikh Smith. In French with no subtitles. [ Diabate Cote ]

Kirikou and the Sorceress. 1998. Directed by Michel Ocelot (France). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 70 mins. Animated feature blending African folktales in the story of Kirikou's quest to rid his village of Karaba the Sorceress's curse. With music by Youssou N'Dour. French with English subtitles; also available dubbed in English.

100% Arabica. 1997. Directed by Mahmoud Zemmouri (France/Algeria). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 85 mins. Comedy set in a banlieu on the outskirts of Paris, starring rai singers Rachid Khaled and Cheb Mami. In French with English subtitles.

Shanda. 2002. Directed by John and Louise Riber (Zimbabwe). Distributed by Dandemutande. DVD, 70 mins. Meaning "work," Shanda is a documentary of Oliver Mtukudzi's career, including twelve songs from 1976 to 2000 along with interviews and archival photographs and footage.

Stambali. 1999. Directed by Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba (Tunisia). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 52 mins. Documentary on the Tunisian religious ritual of the same name, focusing on the rites of the disciples of Sidi Saad. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Stopping the Music: Music Censorship in South Africa. 2002. Directed by Douglas Mitchell (South Africa). Distributed by the Danish Film Institute. VHS, 54 mins. Explores the relationship between protest singer Roger Lucey and the former security branch policeman, Paul Erasmus, who was assigned during the apartheid era to stop Lucey's music.

Zimbabwe Children's Singing Games: Twenty Singing Games and Dances in the Shona Language for Children. 2003. Directed by Natalie Kreutzer (USA). Distributed by Dandemutande. DVD. Based on field tapes from the Nharira Communal Lands, this instructional video includes footage of games, descriptions of their cultural context, and instructions for recreating them.


Afro-Punk: The Rock and Roll Nigger Experience. 2003. Directed by James Spooner (USA). Distributed by www.afropunk.com. 35mm, 73 mins. Exploration of race identity in the punk scene, shot by a DIY filmmaker and based on more than eighty interviews from across the United States.

The Closing of Winterland. 2003 (1978). Produced by Jeffrey Norman and Devid Lemieux (USA). Distributed by Monterey Media Inc. DVD, 390 mins. Extensive footage of the closing party at San Francisco's Winterland Arena on New Year's Eve in 1978. The Grateful Dead performs, interspersed with interviews with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Ken Kesey, special appearances by the Blue Brothers Band, and John Cipollina, Lee Oskar, Matt Kelly, and Greg Errico playing with the Dead.

Crowded at the Bottom. 2003. Directed by Jim Eidt (Canada). Distributed by Hiline Videoworks. DVD, 47 mins. Documentary on the life of Dave Harris, a blues musician and busker.

Cuando los Espíritus Bailan Mambo/When the Spirits Dance Mambo. 2002. Directed by Marta Moreno Vega and Robert Shepard (Cuba/United States). Distributed by www.whenthespiritsdancemambo.org. 35mm, 91mins. Documentary tracing the role of sacred African thought and practices in the formation of Cuban society, culture, and music. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. [ Espiritus ]

Dancing to New Orleans. 2003. Directed by Michael Murphy (USA). Distributed by New Video. DVD, 89 mins. Journeying from Shreveport to New Orleans, this documentary features performances by the Neville Brothers, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Clifton Chenier, and others, interrupted by interviews and descriptions of the social, economic, and musical history of Louisiana.

Deacon John's Jump Blues: A Concert of Music from the Film. 2003. Directed by David Niles (UK). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 60 mins. A concert featuring New Orleans bandleader and singer Deacon John, recorded January 7, 2002, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. With guest appearances by Dr. John, Henry Butler, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue, and the Zion Harmonizers.

The Definitive Elvis. 25th Anniversary: August 16, 1977-August 16, 2002. 2002. Distributed by Passport International Productions. DVD, 960 mins. Eight-DVD set with two programs on each DVD. Contents: "The Memphis Years"; "The Television Years"; "The Hollywood Years I"; "The Hollywood Years II"; "The Army Years"; "The Memphis Mafia"; "Elvis and Priscilla"; "Elvis and the Colonel"; "The Many Loves of Elvis"; "The Intimate Loves of Elvis"; "The Comeback"; "The Vegas Years"; "The Man and His Music"; "The Spiritual Soul of Elvis"; "Elvis Is Gone"; "All the King's Disciples: The Fans."

5 Conversations about Soul. 2003. Directed by Scott Andrews-Dunn (USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 63 mins. Interviews with critically acclaimed, established and emerging soul artists such as Jaguar Wright, George Clinton, and Teddy Pendergrass, with particular attention to their thoughts on homogenization and diversity in music industries.

Frank Yankovic: America's Polka King. 1995. Directed by Rees Candee (USA). Distributed by White Star Video. VHS, 58 mins. A collection of interviews, performance footage, and archival images of Frankie Yankovic and his band. Hosted by Myron Floren and his accordion.

Inside Hip Hop. 2003. Directed by Marcos Antonio Miranda (USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 88 mins. A series of interviews conducted by Fat Man Scoop (Hot 97 radio personality) with the likes of Baby of Cash Money Records, Russell Simmons of Def Jam Records, and Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records on the business of hip hop.

King of the Streets: The Ruler of Urban Marketing. 2002. Directed by Anthony Quinn (USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 63 mins. A documentary on street teams—hip hop promoters who hand out flyers and put up posters for concerts and events.

Lee Scratch Perry: The Unlimited Destruction. 2002 (1991). Directed by Ludo Timmermans (UK). Distributed by Jet Star Phonographics Ltd. DVD, 48 mins. Documentary featuring Scratch (aka "Pipecock Jakxson," the "Upsetter," or "Super Ape"), his work, his word play, and his madness, shot primarily in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Long Road to Cabo. 2003. Directed by Gil Bettman (USA). Distributed by BMG Entertainment. VHS and DVD, 89 mins. Documentary of the summer 2002 tour of Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas. Describing the making of the film, Hagar said, "Why not film everything? Document the whole damn tour, the whole damn year?"

One Love. 2003. Directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts (Norway/UK). Distributed by Exposed Film Productions. 35mm, 100 mins. A Jamaican version of Romeo and Juliet, this feature film develops around the love between reggae musician Kassa (Ky-Mani Marley) and the gospel-singing daughter of a devout pentecostal preacher (Cherine Anderson).

Resistencia: Hip Hop in Colombia. 2002. Directed by Tom Feiling (UK/Colombia). Distributed by Faction Films. 35mm, 51 mins. Documentary on street culture and the impact of rap in Colombia. Follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia's finest rappers, DJs and break-dancers, including Asilo 38, Poetas de la Oscuridad, Atomic Rockers Crew, Cescru Enlace, Stormbob 75, DJ Fresh, and others. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Straight Outta Hunters Point. 2001. Directed by Kevin Epps (USA). Distributed by www.mastamind.com. DVD, 84 mins. Documentary portrait of the Hunters Point Housing Projects in San Francisco. Described by Eric Arnold of the San Francisco Bay Guardian as "cinema vérité in its rawest form." [ verite]

Strange Früt: Rock Apocrypha. 1998. Directed by Cary Loren (USA). Distributed by Lobsterworld Films. VHS, 61 mins. History of Detroit rock, television, and popular culture, mixing interviews of musicians and promoters with archival television footage of horror film host The Ghoul, children's entertainer Poopdeck Paul, and others. Part of an art installation first exhibited at Boyman's Museum in Holland in 1998, with a soundtrack by Destroy All Monsters. [ Frut ]

Tupac VS. 2002. Directed by Ken Peters (USA). Distributed by Xenon Pictures. VHS and DVD, 70 mins. Focuses on Tupac Shakur's early life, education, influences, and philosophy, and features an interview from a year before his death in 1996.

La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero/The Last Rumba of Papa Montero. 1992. Directed by Octavio Cortazar (Martinique/Cuba). Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. VHS, 52 mins. Docu-drama on the rumba and the life of Papa Montero, a Cuban rumbero who was assassinated during carnival. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Viva Mi Tierra Caliente: The Music of Juan Reynoso. 2002. Directed by Bruce "Pacho" Lane. Distributed by Ethnoscope Film and Video. VHS, 55 mins. Documentary on a "calentano" violinist from Guerrero, Mexico. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Tha Westside. 2002. Directed by Todd Williams (USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 74 mins. A look at West Coast rap's notorious past, present, and future, with footage of and interviews with Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and others.

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham: A Collection of Music Videos, Short Films, Video Installations, and Commericals. 2003. Produced by Richard Brown and John Payne (USA). Distributed by Palm Pictures. DVD, 400 mins. Includes the director's music videos for Autechre, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Madonna, Leftfield, Squarepusher, and Björk; commercials for Sony Playstation, Levis, and Nissan; video installations; and a documentary on the making Björk's "All Is Full of Love" music video. [ Bjork ]

The Work of Director Michel Gondry: A Collection of Music Videos, Short Films, Documentaries, and Stories. 2003. Produced by Richard Brown and Julie Fong (USA). Distributed by Palm Pictures. DVD, 400 mins. Includes the director's music videos for Kylie Minogue, the Chemical Brothers, Björk, Beck, the Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, Cibo Matto, the Rolling Stones, Massive Attack, and others, along with much of the director's other short work. [ Bjork ]

The World of American Indian Dance. 2003. Directed by Randy Martin (USA). Distributed by Four Directions Entertainment. DVD, 65 mins. Introduction to powwow dancing filmed at the Crow Fair on Little Big Horn Mountain in Montana. Narrated by Peter Coyote.

Asia and Oceania

Breaking the Silence: Afghan Music. 2002. Directed by Simon Broughton (UK). Distributed by the Danish Film Institute. VHS, 60 mins. Shot in Kabul shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime, this documentary describes the conditions of music in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.

Free to Sing? The Music of Suman Chatterjee. 2003. Directed by Sudipto Chatterjee (India/USA). Distributed by Epic Actors' Workshop & Choir. DVD, 57 mins. Documentary of a political singer from Calcutta; contains interviews with Chatterjee as well as poets, journalists, artists, intellectuals and fellow musicians, interlaced with song sequences and scenes from Calcutta. Narrated by Pete Seeger.

The Story of the Weeping Camel. 2003. Directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni (Mongolia/Italy). Distributed by ThinkFilm. 35mm, 90 mins. Feature-length drama-documentary in which a family of camel herders summons a string player to charm a camel into taking care of her newborn colt. With a cast made up of Mongolian nomads. Mongolia's first submission for an Academy Award. In Mongolian with English subtitles.

Zakhmehaye Eshgh/Plectrums of Love. 2002. Directed by Majid Hamidiani and Amir Hossein Zamankhani (Iran). Distributed by Majid Hamidiani. VHS, 20 mins. The love story of an old man and his dotar. In Farsi with English subtitles.


David Bowie: Sound and Vision. 2002. Directed by Rick Hull (UK). Distributed by New Video. VHS and DVD, 88 mins. Documentary of Bowie's work from Space Oddity (1972) to the present.

Fasanky. 2002. Directed by Petr Hajn (Czech Republic). Distributed by Czech Television. VHS, 57 mins. A documentary of the carnival and folk music of the village of Strání. In Czech with English subtitles. [ Strani ]

Flamenco. 2003 (1995). Directed by Carlos Saura (Spain). Distributed by New Yorker Films. VHS and DVD, 100 mins. A series of flamenco dances performed by three hundred dancers and photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro.

Iag Bari/Brass on Fire. 2002. Directed by Ralf Marschalleck (Germany/Romania). Distributed by Um Welt Film. 35mm, 103 mins. Documentary of the brass band, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and their rise to fame. The film follows them from the Moldavian village of Zece Prajini to Bucharest and beyond. In Romanian and German with English subtitles.

Inside Björk. 2002. Directed by Christopher Walker (UK). Distributed by Navarre Corporation. DVD, 51 mins. Documentary tracing Björk's career from early work in local Icelandic bands through her work with the Sugarcubes and on to her solo career. Includes interviews with Elton John, Missy Elliot, the RZA, and others. [ Bjork ]

Kosovo: Through The Eyes of Local Rom (Gypsy) Musicians. 1999. Produced, directed, and distributed by Svanibor Pettan. VHS, 23 mins. Short documentary filmed between 1989 and 1991, with footage from music festivals and interviews with musicians.

Laibach: A Film from Slovenia. 1993. Directed by Daniel Landin and Chris Bohn (Slovenia/USA). Distributed by Atavistic Video. VHS, 60 mins. Continuing mythology of the industrial band Laibach and their relation to society and the state. In Slovenian, German, and English with English subtitles.

Rendez-vous u Sarkamenu/Rendezvous in Sharkamen. 2001. Directed by Vladimir Perovic (Yugoslavia). Distributed by BK Telekom. VHS, 8 mins. Short surrealistic film about a recording of a song. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

Sigøjnermusik/Gypsy Music. 2000. Directed by Jacob Remin (Denmark). Distributed by the Danish Film Institute. VHS, 29 mins. A somewhat anarchic journey through the Gypsy world, moving from India to ghetto and from luxury cars to flamenco dance, with music by Gulabi Sapera, Emilio Amaya, Lelo Nika, and others. In Danish, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. [ Sigojnermusik ]

Distributor Information

Afro Blue


ArtMattan Productions
535 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 14B
New York, NY 10025
fax: 212.316.6020

Atavistic Video
P.O. Box 578266
Chicago, IL 60657-8266

BK Telekom
fax: 381.11.301.35.12

BMG Entertainment
1540 Broadway, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Czech Television
fax: 420.

1122 East Pike Street #1163
Seattle, WA 98122-3934

Danish Film Institute
Vognmagergade 10
DK-1120 Copenhagen K
fax: 45.3374.3490

Dja-comm Production

Epic Actors Workshop & Choir
87-40 Francis Lewis Boulevard #B-53
Queens Village, NY 11427

Ethnoscope Film and Video
PO Box 92353
Rochester, NY 14692

Exposed Film Productions
Møllergt. 28
0179 Oslo
www.exposed.no [ Mollergt ]

Faction Films
26 Shacklewell Lane
London E8 2EZ

Four Directions Entertainment

Hiline Videoworks
2846 Hagel Road
Victoria, BC V9B 2J4
fax: 250.478.1489

Image Entertainment
9333 Oso Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Jet Star Phonographics Ltd.
155 Acton Lane
Park Royal
London NW10 7NJ

Lobsterworld Films
c/o Book Beat
26010 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237
fax: 248.968.3102

Majid Hamidiani


Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
fax: 805.496.6061

Navarre Corporation
6601 Parkway Circle
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

New Video
126 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10011
fax: 212.206.9001

New Yorker Films
fax: 212.645.3030

Palm Pictures
601 West 26th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
fax: 212.360.3609

Passport International Productions
10520 Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
fax: 818.760.1532

Svanibor Pettan
fax: 386.1.2427.320

155 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
fax: 646.293.9407

Um Welt Film
Rosenthalerstraße 39
10178 Berlin
www.umweltfilm.de [ Rosenthalerstrasse ]


White Star Video
195 Highway 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Xenon Pictures
1440 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
fax: 310.395.4058

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