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Current Films and Videos, Volume 52, No. 1(Winter 2008)
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Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)

Along with recent releases, this issue includes a number of films reviewed in recent issues of the journal that were not previously noted in "Current Films and Videos.”

Acknowledgements: St. Lawrence University Libraries for financial and technical support.

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


Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video. 2007. Written, narrated, and edited by Sut Jhally (USA). Distributed by Media Education Foundation. DVD, 54 min. Updated version of Dreamworlds (1991) and Dreamworlds 2 (1995), exploring depictions of gender and sexuality in mainstream music videos.


African Footprint. 2007. Directed by John Bonham Carter (USA). Distributed by DPTV Media. DVD, 89 min. Extravaganza of South African music and dance conceived and directed by Richard Loring, with eighteen dancers, four singers, six drummers, and a saxophonist sharing the stage. Includes a bonus DVD (52 min.) documenting the development of the show.

Escape from Luanda. 2007. Written and directed by Phil Grabsky (Angola/UK). Distributed by Seventh Art Productions. DVD, 72 min. Three students from Angola’s only music school work toward their end-of-year concert. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Hip-Hop Colony.
2007 (2006). Produced and directed by Michael Wanguhu (Kenya/USA). Distributed by Image Entertainment. DVD, 90 min. A film about the African hip-hop explosion, focusing especially on genge music in Kenya.


Blues, Rags and Hollers: The Koerner, Ray & Glover Story. 2007. Directed by Tony Glover and Gail Glaser (USA). Distributed by MVD Visual. DVD, 118 min. Documentary on this Minneapolis trio and their importance in the folk and blues revival of the 1960s.

Havana Centro. 2005. Directed by Paul Johnson (Cuba/USA). Distributed by Anderson/Johnson Films. DVD, 32 min. Overview of Afro-Cuban musical practices and their place in society.

Pow Wow Trail. 2004. Written, directed, and produced by Jeremy Torrie (Canada). Distributed by Insight Media. DVD, 445 min. Nine episodes, each about 50 minutes long and only available separately, on aspects of the pow wow. Produced as a collaboration between ICE Productions, Arbor Records, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. 2007. Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (USA). Distributed by Concord Music Group. DVD, 114 min. Traces the history of Stax from a modest neighborhood hangout to a cultural and political empire.

Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies. 2007. Produced and directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (USA). Distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. DVD, 90 min. Offbeat documentary on the career of Nashville songwriter and record producer Cowboy Jack Clement, featuring footage of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others.

Asia and Oceania

Tea. 2007. Directed by Frank Scheffer (Netherlands). Distributed by Idéale Audience International. DVD, 176 min. Recounts how Chinese composer Tan Dun wrote the opera Tea, a tragic love story set against the background of the Japanese tea ceremony. Includes also the 1996 documentary film Broken Silence, directed by Eline Flipse (Netherlands), about five young Chinese composers: Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, Guo Wenjing, Mo Wuping, and Qu Xiaosong.

Wasted Orient. 2007 (2006). Directed by Kevin Fritz (China/USA). Distributed by Plexifilm. DVD, 92 min. The story of Beijing punk rock band Joyside and their first tour in China. In Chinese with English subtitles.


The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich. 2007. Directed by Enrique Sánchez Lansch (Germany). Distributed by Arthaus Musik. DVD, 90 min. Firsthand accounts of life in and around the orchestra, as well as a wealth of previously unevaluated archive material. In German with English, German, French, Spanish, or Japanese subtitles.

Stamping Ground: Holland Festival of Music. 2007 (1970). Directed by George Sluizer and Jason Pohland (West Germany). Distributed by LW Editora Ltda. DVD, 89 min. Very much in the style of D. A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop, this film captures the 1970 Stamping Ground Festival in Rotterdam. With performances by Al Stewart, Dr. John and Night Tripper, Family, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Flock, It’s a Beautiful Day, Country Joe, the Byrds, Santana, and Pink Floyd.

Distributor Information

Anderson/Johnson Films

Arthaus Musik
Neue Schönhauser Straße 19
D-10178 Berlin
+49 30 52 13 56 50
fax: +49 30 52 13 56 49

Concord Music Group
23307 Commerce Park Road
Cleveland, OH 44122
800 551 5299
fax: 216 464 4108

DPTV Media
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393-2247
800 379 3935

Idéale Audience International
55, rue des Petites Ecuries
75010 Paris
+33 1 4801 9590
fax: +33 1 4801 6536

Image Entertainment
20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Insight Media
2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024-0621
800 233 9910
fax: 212 799 5309

LW Editora Ltda.
Rua Wisard, 23
Pinheiros, SP
CEP 05434-080
+55 3038 1330
fax: +55 3031 7246

Media Education Foundation
60 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA 01060
800 897 0089
fax: 800 659 6882

MVD Visual
422 Business Center
H-840 North Circle Drive
Oaks, PA 19456
610 650 8200
fax: 610 650 9102

P.O. Box 880
Crozet, VA 22932
877 687 4277
fax: 434 984 6798

Seventh Art Productions
63 Ship Street
Brighton, BN1 1AE
United Kingdom
+44 1273 777678

Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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