Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show is honoured to interview the stars of Griot on Tuesday, September 18th, 9-10 pm,on CFRO, 100.5 FM by phone from New York and Montreal. To hear this wonderful interview CLICK HERE!
The film and a one time only special concert is coming to the Vancouver International Film Festival. The concert is presented in association with : Griot Senegalease kora and western trumpet coming to Vancouver to a special live concert performance on Friday, Sept. 28, 9:15 pm start at the Vogue Theatre. World Poetry has one pair of tickets for the concert. The first one who sends an email to email@example.com will receive two tickets to this special event. On this site we have broken a record-2,065 visitors for Tuesday! Thank you Yaman for the promotion.
Griot http://www.youtube.com/vgoetze for a preview.
(France, 2012, 82 mins, HDCAM)
Mandinka, French, English, Wolof
World Director:Volker Goetze
PROD Volker Goetze CAM Sanne Kurz EDS Victor Kanefsky, Volker Goetze MUS Ablaye Cissoko, Volker Goetze PROD CO Weitblick Media
Vancouver, BC,Sep 27 06:30 pm Empire Granville 7 Cinemas Theatre #2
Sep 30 01:30 pm
Vancity Theatre @ VIFC
Presented in association with:
Griot Senegalese kora and western trumpet … are coming Vancouver for a special live concert performance on Friday Sept. 28, 9:15pm start, at the Vogue!
Griot, 82 minutes Senegal, USA, France /Germany.
This beautiful film has an impressive list of filmmakers including:
Volker Goetze. Producer/Director. Award-winning musician, composer and producer.
Victor Kanefsky. Co-Director/Editor Sam Pollard. Co-Producer/Post-production Supervisor. Multiple Emmy Award winning, Peabody Award winning and Academy Award Nominated producer and editor, Leslie Mulkey (a.k.a. Holcomb Reed)Sanne Kurz and Joshue Ott.
“A film that provides a visual feast full of beautiful images and lovely music as well as a human interest story showing the changes between the past and the present and the possibility of a combined future. The Griots are the keepers of oral wisdom, history and ancient traditions. Through the joint mediums of exquisite images and music, the film explores the changes that are now happening in the life of the West African Senegalese Griot song writer Ablaye Cissoko and the challenges facing this honoured tradition. He leads us through the necessity of maintaining the respect and honoured traditions of the past while at the same time, engaging the international community and world music. The Griot way of life is in good hands with Ablaye Cissoko.
A short summary for the film:
GRIOT – Synopsis By tradition, griots are the living repositories of West Africaʼs oral epics — histories that are crucial for the preservation of West African social structures. Griot, a documentary by Volker Goetze, uncovers the beauty of West Africanʼs traditional past and discovers that some revolutionary changes may be afoot — changes that could alter the cultural landscape forever.
They fought Islam and won. They fought European colonialism and won. Now, after a thousand years of religious, political and cultural onslaughts, a monolith of West African culture is showing signs of change in the form of a radical new individualism. Kora virtuoso Ablaye Cissoko is our ticket inside the mysterious world of the griot. Griots today are at a crossroads between the traditional, which is increasingly irrelevant, and … something new. What could not be done in a thousand years through the competing ideals of Islam and occidental philosophies is being done by a fundamental reordering of economic opportunity.
The film captures this moment of historic change in the griot tradition, caught now, as it is, between the imperative to maintain the social structures of the past and the need to enter into a dialogue with the international comment.
Multimedia Artist Volker Goetze is a German-born, New York-based trumpeter, composer, and filmmaker. He performed and presented his work at leading venues and international festivals such as the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, West German Radio Station (WDR) in Cologne, Gasteig Munich, Sunset Paris, Jazzhouse Copenhagen, World festival of Sacred Music Los Angeles and the Opera Festival in Munich. His work bridges cultures creating contemporary cross-cultural dialogs across multiple disciplines incorporating cutting edge technology. His recent compositions don’t fit in any singular category as they derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music. In the recent years he has been investigating the oral culture and story telling of West Africa and their influences on Jazz and Black Culture in America. GRIOT, a feature documentary on the oral music tradition in West Africa, is Volker Goetze’s debut as a film director and has since developed into a multi media performance symphony documentary.
The film is neither a traditional western documentary, as it does not settle for a conceptual understanding of our subject; nor is it simply a performance piece, as it does not settle for collecting powerful songs. This piece celebrates the art of the Griot – the art of the praise-singer and musical healer – by expanding the narrative through an interaction of poetry, music, song, stunning visuals and earthy sounds. Our stylistic approach taps into the very essence of the healing work of Ablaye Cissoko as a musician and activist in his home country Senegal. The approach is consonant with the life and history of Ablaye Cissoko himself. He descends from Kimitang Cissoko, the inventor of the kora, the African lute-harp. A genie directed him to build the first kora and the beautiful music he created with it lifted his people from their despair. Ablaye Cissokos music similarly has the power to heal broken people. His songs touch hearts and already reach far beyond the borders of West Africa.
Griot, A Must See Film! By TAN, the Afro News reporter Ariadne Sawyer, MA. firstname.lastname@example.org
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A fascinating interview with Director and Producer, Volker Goetze.Due to time constraints, the interview was by e-Mail. My questions are in bold and italic. All that remains is to see the film and send your comments in!