Twice a month, we ask a member of the network to select 5 music films focusing on a theme of their choice. Happy to present this first “Choose 5”, curated by SoundTrack_Cologne about Women in Music.
SoundTrack_Cologne about their selection : “Don’t underestimate the Girl(s)! These high-energy, female-centred documentary films map the stories of world-renowned and self-empowering female individuals whose progressive approach to voice, instruments and style redefine the boundaries of music. Emerging from a predominated male industry, artists such as Kate Nash, Bobbye Hall, Sona Mohapatra and Silvana eradicate the misconception that female is a genre, reveal inequalities and at the same time pave the way for change – not only in the music industry.”
A selection curated by Joana da Silva, Junior Programmer SoundTrack_Cologne:
Happy to present this well-thought selection curated by Norient focusing on the importance of Music in times of war and crisis.
Norient about their selection : “In times of war and crisis, culture in general and music in particular is both a luxury good and essential for survival. These documentaries show how people try to go on with their musical practice during the civil wars in Syria and Sudan, how war and crisis threaten the survival of musical traditions in Mali, how the trauma of war is present all over Lebanon’s society and its soundscape today, and what role music plays in the violent circles of drug traffickers on both sides of the US/Mexican border.”
Listen to the Spotify Playlist related to Norient’s selection.
➔ And check out Norient’s collection on the topic of war on their website (available for Norient members only): https://norient.com/topics/war
A selection curated by Hannes Liechti, Musicologist/Head of Production, Norient Film Festival NFF:
Happy to present this very diverse selection curated by Doc’n Roll focusing on the powerful impact of innovators in music.
Doc’n Roll about their selection: “Without its crucial innovators to push boundaries, music would be a dreadfully narrow art form!"
Gil Scott Heron was two decades ahead of his time, setting the scene for hip-hop and 90’s conscious rap with The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in 1971, by merging both soul and jazz traditions while drawing on oral poetry and spoken word styles of the blues.BACK
Two years later, Betty Davis kicked down staunch barriers to female sexual liberation with her melding of funk, soul, and glam rock with the raunchy and defiant lyrics of 1973’s If I’m Luck I Might Get Picked Up!BACK
Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, whom Rolling Stones hailed as, “the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy”, Sun Ra truly was one of a kind. A Joyful Noise reveals the philosophy as the frontrunner of Afrofuturism, and musical growth of one of the twentieth century’s greatest avant-garde musicians.BACK
Sisters With Transistors profiles many of electronic music’s unsung heroines including Clara Rockmore, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel, all of whom paved the way for the likes of Bjork, Nina Kraviz, M.I.A and Grimes during their heydays of the 70’s and 80’s.BACK
Manchester, classically associated with moody post-punk bands, was also a hotbed of early electronic dance music experimentation and provided the perfect setting for Greg Wilson, Andrew Weatherall, Marshal Jefferson and a youthful Laurent Garnier to guide it’s explosion into the mainstream during the late 90’s. The in-depth Manchester Keeps On Dancing neatly fills in the gaps of this innovative city’s four decades of global influence on the house and techno revolution.”BACK
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