The UCSB Music Bowl is an intimate outdoor amphitheater within the Department of Music facility at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. Just bring snacks, padding, added warmth, and a love of music to this free film festival at UCSB!
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This year’s season of documentary films about contemporary popular music from an international perspective, includes the following works:
Spring 2012 Schedule
Fela: Music is the Weapon (S. Tchal-Gadjieff & J. Flori, 1982) with Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine (R. Frydman, 2005)
The classic verité documentary introducing the performance and politics of famed Nigerian musician-activist Fela Kuti, followed by a live concert film of his son Femi returning to Fela’s legendary Lagos nightclub The Shrine.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars (Z. Niles, 2005) with Music of Resistance: Tinariwen (J. Breckenridge, 2009)
Displaced to Guinean refugee camps, a group of musicians band together in music and eventually return home to war-torn Sierra Leone. Preceded by an Al-Jazeera short detailing the emergence of the group Tinariwen through the Tuareg resistance in Northern Mali.
Live at the Bollywood Bowl: Dil Se (M. Ratnam, 1998)
KCSB and CISM present a special Thursday night screening of this important realist political fiction film, as part of KCSB-FM’s “Popped Culture” series. Soundtrack by A.R. Rahman, Oscar-winning composer of “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire).
Afghan Star (H. Marking, 2009)
In Afghanistan circa 2008, contestants on the televised musical contest “Pop Idol” bring music back into the post-Taliban public sphere, even at the risk of their lives.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (E. Moretti & S. Alvi, 2007)
A film that follows the trials and controversies of Baghdadi heavy metal band Acrassicauda over the course of three years, in the midst of war, insurgency, and social change in Iraq.
Genghis Blues (R. Belic, 1999)
The story of blind American blues musician Paul Pena, and his journey to Tuva (a Russian province bordering Mongolia) to compete in a national throat singing competition.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (F. Aikin, 2005)
A journey through the contemporary music scene of Istanbul, narrated through the encounters of Alexander Hacke (from the German industrial band Enstürzende Neubauten) with local performers.