Throw Down Your Heart (2008)
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This is an honest journey into discovery that reveals the connection music brings between cultures where commonality is not always easy to find.
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.
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.
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.
Fleck comes across as respectfully curious and eagerly collaborative while exploring the roots of his favorite musical instrument.
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I may be biased on this one. As a huge Fleck fan, I saw the premier in Central Park after a particularly awesome concert. It was a neat experience.
This documentary is full of emotion, adventure, and wonderful music. The brave and virtuosic Béla Fleck takes the banjo in the only direction left untraveled by him, directly into its African roots. With a humble spirit and collaborative skills honed over a lifetime of performing and recording, Béla and his fellow travelers and hosts create an enchanting narrative that leaps from one African culture to another, each with its own deep traditions, players, and instrumentation. With a hypnotic energy, the music will lift your heart and make you feel like dancing. Celebrate life, music, and the banjo and enjoy this film!
My favorite stuff: music and culture and travel. Outstanding study of a great musician seeking other musicians, except he couldn't use craigslist to find these dudes. Bela loves the people he meets, and his humbling demeanor ingratiates and enriches those people as they do for him. One of those 'if you do not like it, what planet are you living on' movies.
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