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WOMEX 19 Film Selection

Here is a daily breakdown of the WOMEX 2019 film schedule from the 24 through to October 26 to help you schedule some reflective and insightful cinema time during your stay in Tampere.

The WOMEX 19 Film Programme features new releases, preview screenings and international premieres divided into three formats: market and public screenings alongside a film library. Filmmakers, producers and musicians continue to join us at WOMEX to introduce and talk us through their film projects.

Film Library
10:00 - 18:00, 24-26th October
Opus 1, Tampere Hall

Strapped for time? We know exactly how it goes at WOMEX. And that's why the Film Library is so great! As an accredited WOMEX delegates you can watch an additional selection of seven films at any time convenient to you between 10 am and 6 pm from the 24th-26th, October. This extended selection of films highlight new musicians, bands, projects, collaborations along with previews of unreleased films. Please note that films in this section don't have a particular screening slot but can be watched on any of the days/times mentioned above.

Director Gruffydd Davies brings us Anorac, a musical pilgrimage across Wales and a rare insight into the current Welsh language pop/folk scene.
Marita Stocker, in partnership with Accentus Music, shines a warm light on the Paliashvili Music School in Tbilisi, and it's inhabitants in the film For the Love of Music in Georgia.
Musician David Rothenberg's work, crossing the species line to make live music with nightingales comes to life in the film Nightingales of Berlin by Finnish director Ville Tanttu.
Journalist/Director Vladimir Cagnolari's Que Vola? tells the story of a current musical project that unites a French jazz septet with three Cuban percussionists marrying dizzying virtuosity with the Afro-Cuban divinities.
In the unreleased film, Shella Record- A Reggae Mystery we are taken along on an unreal quest of a lost singer's exceptional voice when artist/director Chris Flanagan discovers a rare reggae record in a junk shop.
Tim Cole & BaoBao Chen's, no strangers to WOMEX bring their latest production Small Island Big Song where over 100 first nation artists from 16 island nations in the Pacific and Indian ocean contribute to this oceanic songline.
And finally, filmmakers Amil Shivji & Rebeca Corey's film Wahenga(The Ancestors) follows musician John Kitime, as he sets out on a mission to put together an all-star band to revive Zilipendwa, the classic Tanzanian sound.

Film Screenings
1100 Small Auditorium, Tampere Hall
1600 Maestro, Tampere Hall
1830 Arthouse Cinema Niagara

Thursday, October 24,
We kick off the market screenings with acclaimed director Paul Duane's While You Live, Shine, a cinematic look at the reverberations of the oldest forms of Western music discovered in Northern Greece, using musicologist Chris King's collection of 78 RPMs.

Shining a raw light on the vibrant but dying Pakistani folk music scene, its veteran musicians and instrument makers is filmmaker, Jawad Sharif's award-winning documentary Indus Blues, a picturesque musical road trip across the Indus river. Sharif will be attending WOMEX to present his film to you.

Later that evening you can take a walk in the footsteps of mysterious blues/folk cult singer Karen Dalton part of the 1960s Greenwich Village music scene in the Finnish Premiere of A Bright Light: Karen & The Process, as part of the public Film Programme at Arthouse Cinema Niagara.

Friday, October 25th
The day begins at 11 am with attending Kosovan director Kaltrina Krasniqi's personal story in her documentary Sarabande where a guitar virtuoso and a filmmaker, embark on a journey transcending time, space and politics of exclusion.

Krasniqi along with two other filmmakers Bruno Murtinho and Cyrus Moussavi join forces with Natalie Gravenor of SoundWatch Berlin/Music Film Festival Network at a conference session at 12:30 pm entitled The Gift (or Curse) of Sound and Vision? in Conference Room 4, Riffi, Tampere Hall.

At 4 pm, we screen the Sufi, Saint and Swinger, the story of American music virtuoso Llyod Miller who found in 1970's Iran the love and acceptance he never received back home. We are thrilled that Dr Miller, along with the director Andrés Borda and producer Abbas Nokhasteh, will join us.

Moving on that evening to the cinema, Michal Pietrzyk's short film All on a Mardi Gras Day gives us a visceral insight into New Orleans secret 200-year-old culture known as Mardi Gras Indians. Accompanied by a collection of shorts introduced by Cyrus Moussavi of Raw Music International & Mississippi Records, a film collective documenting underground music from around the world including the hit film I Snuck Off the Slave Ship featuring artist/musician Lonnie Holley.

Do join us after at 19:30 at the "Meet the Filmmakers" reception at Café Kehräsaari in the cinema itself.

Saturday, October 26th
The final day of the film programme dives into three documentaries from Brazil, a country where the link between the music, culture and politics is inextricable. These films serve as a timestamp of the political climate and a symbol of perseverance.

The morning begins, with a homage to the life of the queen of Afro-Brazilian samba music Clementina de Jesus in Ana Reiper's Clementina .

Next up, Thiago Mattar's presents his film spanning ten years in the making Taking Iacanga an ode to the legendary 70s Brazil music festival Aguas Calaras.

We wrap up the screenings with the international premiere of Bruno Murtinho's Amazonia Groove revealing artists and their traditions, faith and mysticism, music and life that vibrate through the northern region of Brazil.

We hope you engage with the films, connect with the creators behind these sonic investigations and take a cinematic journey towards offbeat vistas.

article posted by:Sana Rizvi, Piranha Arts