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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble offers a thrilling and too-rare glimpse of art's power to bridge personal and cultural divides.

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From the director of the Oscar (R)-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

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Neville never really convinces us that the beauty of the Silk Road's performances can change the world, but he does show that the music has changed the world of the performers themselves.

July 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ma's project and Neville's film celebrate the joy that can be achieved when people put aside their regional differences to create something joyous.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Commendable intentions be damned; one can't hear the music for the self-applauding.

July 1, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

What drives the narrative is the musicians' mutual desire to forge meaningful connections across cultures, an affirmative answer to Leonard Bernstein's question of whether music can truly serve as a "universal language."

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

"Strangers" offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.

June 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's compelling, and of course the music, taken from all parts of the world and played by musicians on every sort of instrument, is intriguing.

June 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

An interesting look at an array of performers gathered by Yo Yo Ma in a grand experiment which could easily have gone off the rails but instead turns into something quite delightful.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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It lacks enough music and a clear focus, as it tries to talk about too many things at the same time and only becomes scattered, but at least the musicians' personal stories make it worth it and the movie is always lifted when it focuses on them and their relationship with music.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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