Friday, 1 May 2015

Hot Docs 15: Around the World in 50 Concerts

I am filled with bliss absolute after seeing Heddy Honigmann's Around the World in 50 Concerts!  Not  only was I treated to beautiful music by the Netherlands' Royal Concertbouw
Orchestra, I was also filled with the infectious joy of music lovers talking about how the art form fuels their everyday lives. From an Argentinian  taxi driver (left) sharing how classical music is a panacea to the vulgarity of his 12 hour days, to Soweto girls talking about how being part of a marimba band transports them away from a world where schoolgirls get raped, to a Russian man, who survived Stalin and Hitler, sharing how his mother passed on to him his existing love if music, Honigmann's film is a testimony to the importance of music to all levels of society.

The talented director, also takes us onto the stage of these talented orchestra members, with snapshots of their personal lives (hotel life, being away from family, and futbol passions), as well as chats about their love if their individual instruments and being part of a family of musicians. Brava, Heddy!

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