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02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

SONIC REFLECTIONS: FILMS ON MUSIC

July 12th, 2018

DokuFest is pleased to announce its strand of music documentaries for the upcoming edition of the festival, taking place from 3 to 11 of August in Prizren, Kosovo.

Consisting of 6 features, “Sonic Reflections program this year is all about strong individuals, be it about Swedish rapper, Sri Lankan hip hop sensation, androgynous icon or electronic music pioneer but also about punk rock desert dwellers and unique Albanian polyphonic singers”, says Veton Nurkollari, Artistic Director of the DokuFest.

Desolation Center by Stuart Swezey, is a documentary about the untold story of a series of Reagan-era anarchic punk rock desert happenings that still reverberate throughout our culture and are recognized as the inspiration for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella with interviews and rare footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets and more.

Sophie Fiennes film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is the story of Grace Jones who plays the part of a wild, scary and androgynous woman. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask.

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is drawn from a cache of personal tapes directed by Stephen Loveridge and shot by Maya Arulpragasm and her closest friends over the last 22 years, capturing her remarkable journey from immigrant teenager in London, to the international popstar M.I.A.

Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: async At The Park Avenue Armory is a live performance film captured during an intimate concert by Ryuichi Sakamoto in New York City. The performance marked the first public unveiling of Sakamoto’s new opus async, hailed as one of the best albums of 2017 by esteemed publications such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.

“Let’s smash patriarchy!” Swedish hip-hop artist Silvana Imam shouts through a megaphone, and hundreds of hands shoot into the air. Her raw raps are autobiographical and strongly focused around sexual identity, politics and her own immigrant background. The film, Silvana, directed dy Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis, is about the feminist, revealing her as someone who is both arrogant and insecure.

Directed by the German-British artist Dan Shutt – Washed by the Moon is a celebration of Albanian polyphonic singing and the resilience of tradition in the face of inevitable change. Singers of Kënga Labe from across three generations explain their deep spiritual connection to and through their songs.