Throw Down Your Heart

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Throw Down Your Heart is an exuberant musical journey with an edge of sadness.

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Béla Fleck is a virtuoso banjo player who embarks on a personal and cultural journey to Africa to learn about the origins of his beloved instrument -- which did not, contrary to popular belief, originate in backwoods Appalachia. Touring Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali, Fleck jams with some master musicians, duels with a Gambian banjo player, learns about the banjo's ancient history and basks in the pleasure that music affords, a pleasure that transcends cultural boundaries.

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Critic Reviews for Throw Down Your Heart

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Sophie Harris

    Time Out
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • This is an honest journey into discovery that reveals the connection music brings between cultures where commonality is not always easy to find.

    August 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
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  • Fleck is an ideal protagonist for a film about the adhesive power of music and inadequacy of speech. Even as the plot sags and he grasps clumsily for words, his fingers on the strings are almost momentum enough.

    July 9, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is at least 20 minutes too long. By the time Fleck gets to the final stop, Mali, the film, directed by Sascha Paladino (a half-brother of Fleck), has worn out its welcome.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
    New York Post
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  • When Ms. Sangare sings a heartbreaking lament of "a worried songbird" searching for her father, you don't need to know the language to be gripped by the force of her cry.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

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  • Apr 28, 2009
    Interesting music doc about Bela Fleck's trip to Africa to reintroduce the banjo to the country that gave birth to it.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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