Presented in cooperation with the non-profit organisation IMZ (International Music & Media Centre), the World Music Film Market aim at connecting the film and TV markets for world music. So don´t just open your ears, open your eyes, too, and enjoy this selection of documentaries and music videos!
WORLD MUSIC FILMS ON TOUR!
A brand-new initiative of IMZ in co-operation with WOMEX
The IMZ presents the highlights of world music films & videos in various locations around the world!
Bringing World Music in film and video to a wider public is the motivation behind this non-commercial distribution project created in 2006 by IMZ in co-operation with WOMEX.
The most outstanding films & videos can be booked and seen! www.imz.at
You can download the day schedule here (pdf)
Mariza and the Story of Fado
Director: Simon Broughton
Producer: Carl Simons
Production Company: Songlines/MWTV (UK)
Co-Production Company: RTP (Portugal)
Producer: Carl Simons
Executive Producer: Rodney Wilson
Associated Producer: Joao Barrigana
Camera: John Howarth
Editor: Gerard Evans
Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Screening Room Bahía
Here are the confirmed film screenings:
Production Company maximage GmbH (Switzerland)
Producer Cornelia Seitler
Director, Author Stefan Schwietert
Camera Wolfgang Lehner
Editor Stefan Krumbiegel
Five highly individual musicians from different countries get together to form the "Accordion Tribe" and achieve the seemingly impossible: to return their long disregarded instrument to the worldwide recognition it once enjoyed as a powerhouse of emotions. The film follows the charismatic musicians as they journey through Europe, resplendent with rich musical heritage, searching for new beginnings, looking to the past and tradition, whilst embracing the contemporary. Accompanied by exciting aural landscapes of trancelike intensity, "Accordion Tribe" is a magnificent showcase for the transforming power of music.
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté - the Hotel Mandé Sessions (Including an exclusive preview of extracts from a forthcoming film: Live in Concert at the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR), Brussels.)
Production Company World Circuit (UK)
Associated Production Company Smooth Operations (UK)
Producer John Leonard
Executive Producer Nick Gold
Director Janet Fraser Crook
Photo World Circuit
The Hotel Mandé Sessions is a three-part series featuring two of Africa's greatest musicians, the late guitarist and singer Ali Farka Touré, and the kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté. The albums were recorded by World Circuit using a mobile studio in the Hotel Mandé, on the banks of the Niger River in Bamako, Mali. This screening gives a unique insight into the making of this remarkable trilogy, namely the GRAMMY-winning collaboration between Diabaté and Touré, "In the Heart of the Moon", "Boulevard de l'Indépendance" by Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra, and Ali Farka Touré's final album, "Savane". World Circuit also present an exclusive preview of their forthcoming DVD of Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's majestic Brussels concert from 2005.
In the Heart of the Moon EPK
Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra EPK
Ali Farka Toure Savane EPK
Production Company World Circuit (UK)
Producer Fish Krish
Executive Producer Nick Gold
Director Cosima Spender
Editor Emiliano Batista and Nicolas Chaudeurge
The screening will be followed by a Q&A from the Hotel Mandé Sessions producer Nick Gold.
As Old As My Tongue
Production Company ScreenStation (UK)
Co-Production Company Busara Promotions (Zanzibar)
Producer Andy Jones
Associated Producer Rita Ray
Director Andy Jones
Camera Aubrey Fagon
Editor Lisa Cazzato
TV, Theatrical, Homevideo, DVD
Multimedia distribution ScreenStation
Photo Aubrey Fagon/ScreenStation, caption Bi Kidude at Heartbeat Studios, Zanzibar.
Bi Kidude is a living legend on her home island of Zanzibar and has beguiled audiences around the world on her wide and varied travels. A favourite of sultans, presidents and sailors, her story is remarkable; challenging our perception of age (she's ninety-three, going on sixteen), and of women in a Muslim society. To witness her up close in her humble home, then out on the town, smoking and flirting, is a unique experience.
If only a Lament
Production Company Eddie Saeta (Spain)
Executive Producer Luis Miñarro
Associated Producer Fernando de France
Director Fernando de France
Camera Alberto Prous
Editor Dani Arbones
Band Martires del Compas
Composer Chico Ocaña
DVD distribution Eddie Saeta
Photo Eddie Saeta
Luna, who is an amateur director, meets Chico Ocaña after a live concert of his band, Martires del Compas, in Barcelona. In that first and short meeting they become friends. That night she cannot sleep because she is so excited and decides to take action. She plans to make a documentary about Flamenco in the 21st century. Luna and her boyfriend Manu take advantage of Chico's tour to discover the impact of Flamenco in different countries. They interview Chico to learn all about Flamenco and the basic "Cantes".
Note: you can catch the excitement of Martires del Compas live at the WOMEX opening!
Like Air to Breathe
Production Company aquafilm e.K. (Germany)
Producer Peter Kreutz
Director, Author Ruth Olshan
Camera Marcus Winternbauer
Editor Christian Matern
DVD distribution aquafilm e.K.
Photo aquafilm e.K.
Georgia is situated in the borderland between occident and orient. This is the place where film director Ruth Olshan takes us in her first documentary feature film "Like Air to Breathe". She portrays musicians who work with different approaches: a male choir searching and cultivating old folk songs, a female choir, a school dance company and musicians who enhance Georgian folk music. There is a common denominator that links the protagonists in Olshan's film: Singing, dancing and music are crucial elements of their lifestyle. Music is as important as "air to breathe", explains the director of the female choir.
Like an Ambassador of their People
Production Company Susettefilms (Germany)
Producer, Director, Camera,Editor, Author Hans-Jörg Heinrich
DVD distribution Hans-Jörg Heinrich (Germany)
Photo Hans-Jörg Heinrich
Senegalese rappers are the voice of their generation. In their songs they accuse politicians of being corrupt and encouraging nepotism. They rap about prostitution, high unemployment and the immense poverty in Senegal and demand politicians to work on a better future for their country. They complain about the wars in the world and the ignorance of the Western World concerning Africa and appeal for action. The film focuses on the committed attitude of Senegalese rappers in interviews, concerts, rehearsals, including commentaries of friends and members of their families.
Link TV's Best Video Finds of 2006
Genre Music video clips
Production Company Link TV (USA)
Producer Steven Lawrence
Associated Producer Michal Shapiro
It's becoming a WOMEX tradition. For the third year in a row, Link TV, the nationwide TV network that connects US citizens with the world, will present its "Best Video Finds" of the past year. The 2006 program includes entries from Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Mexico, Cape Verde and beyond. The videos emphasize the inventiveness of filmmakers who are creating great conceptual and performance videos, many on low budgets. All have appeared as video premieres on Link, which broadcasts 16 hours of videos weekly. Audiences have been growing for this event, so get there early! To learn more about Link TV, visit www.linktv.org
Music of the Alps - The Alphorn
Production Company Neapel Film (Switzerland)
Director Stefan Schwietert
The filmmaker Stefan Schwietert sets out to find the origins of this fascinating instrument. Not only does he describe its tradition, but also the ideological misuse and the rediscovery of this instrument by a new generation of musicians. The alphorn is a phenomenon. All around the world it is associated with Switzerland. But it is also misused as an advertising medium for Alpine tourism or as a symbol of genuine Alpine Swissness. However, the alphorn is an amazing instrument whose musical possibilities have by no means been exhausted yet. Stefan Schweitzer's film introduces three influential innovators and accompanies them to various venues across the country. The result is a clash of diverse ways of looking at Swiss musical tradition and folklore.
Sound of the Soul
Production Company CEM Productions (USA)
Producer Stephen Olsson
Director, Author Stephen Olsson
Camera Andy Black, Stephen Olsson
Editor Rhonda Collins, Marianne Yusavage
Distribution TV Ideale Audience International (France)
Homevideo, DVD distribution Naxos International (USA)
Photo IF Fes/Boissau
In a world increasingly polarized by religious conflicts and fundamentalist forces, "Sound of the Soul" is a timely, thought-provoking cinematic journey, reverberating with unity, understanding, and most of all, hope. Award-winning director Stephen Olsson's new film offers viewers a vivid, multi-layered portrait of both an open-minded Arab city and Morocco's Fez Festival of World Sacred Music - an exceptional event that invites Muslim, Christian and Jewish men and women to perform in public at its historic sites. An inspiring antidote to spreading sectarian violence and global threats of a "clash of civilizations", "Sound of the Soul" ultimately reveals the essential connection between all religions and faiths.
TSI - Televisione svizzera di lingua italiana
Production Company TSI - Televisione svizzera di lingua italiana (Switzerland)
Co-Production Company Myro Film (Italy)
Producer Renzo Rota
Director Roberto Minini-Meròt
Camera Angelo Volponi
DVD distribution TSI - Televisione svizzera di lingua italiana
This is the sixth instalment of "Talam", a series of documentary films based on the music and ethnic traditions of various regions. This episode is an infinite kaleidoscope portraying aspects of an ancient culture in one of the most fascinating countries of South-East Asia. The documentary itself covers almost all of Vietnam (more than 2000 km) from south to north. Extremely refined "classical" music, candid folk music, possession rites, court dances, country festivals, stately theatre and street plays are interspersed with breathtakingly beautiful images of the countryside, rice paddies and chaotic city life crowded with people of unusual charm and simplicity.
BBC Cymru Wales
The Highland Sessions
Production Company Pelicula Films Ltd (UK)
Co-Production Company BBC Wales (UK)
Associated Production Company RTE (UK), Scottish Television (UK)
Producer Douglas Eadie
Executive Producer David Jackson, David MacKenna
Director Mike Alexander
Camera John MacKinnon
Editor Peter Blackie
Duration 6 x 30'
TV, DVD distribution Pelicula Films Ltd
Photo Pelicula Films Ltd
The Highland Sessions is a celebration of the historical and contemporary relationship between Scottish and Irish Gaelic song. Filmed at a beautiful old farm steading near Killiecrankie in the Perthshire Highlands where top vocal and instrumental exponents of the two traditions gathered to rehearse and play together with no audience except themselves. This series combines spectacular mountain and coastal scenes from Scotland and Ireland with "backstage" musician conversation and stories highlighting the genuine historic qualities of collaboration and performance.
Televisió de Catalunya
World Music Charts Europe on TV
Genre Music video clips
Production Company Televisió de Catalunya (Spain)
Distribution TV TV3 - Televisió de Catalunya Sales Department
This programme presents a televised edition of World Music Charts Europe's (WMCE) list of the 10 best world music CDs selected each month, broadcasted by the public television of Catalonia (TVC). The project proposes a simple way of giving world music a permanent slot on TV and is produced in a practical, economic and universal format: a series of 15-minute programmes (short enough to make it flexible and economically viable), with a fast pace and attractive graphics to make it universally appealing to TV viewers around the world.