Music vs. the State: Musicians in Time of Protest (five-session tuition-free class)

This workshop will survey a series of documentary films that tell stories of musicians and recording artists around the world coming into conflict with the governments under which they live. We’ll discuss the histories of these countries and governments and the musical traditions and careers of the musicians involved. Finally, we’ll discuss strategies and techniques used to bring these stories to the screen and the veracity and contradictions in the filmmakers’ approach.

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Films to be screened:

  • Fela Kuti Music Is The Weapon (1982, D. Jean-Jacques Flori & Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, 52 Minutes, France)

  • No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009, Directed By Bahman Ghobadi, 106 Minutes, Iran)

  • Paul Robeson: Tribute To An Artist (1979. D. Saul J. Turell, 30 Minutes, U.S)

  • Tropicalia (2012, Marchello Machando, 87 Minutes, Brazil)

  • U.S. Vs John Lennon (2006, D. David Leaf & John Scheinfeld, 99 Minutes, U.S.)

  • What Happened Miss Simone? (2015, Liz Garbus, 101 Minutes, U.S.)