Genghis Blues - A film by Roko and Adrian Belic, 1999, 88 min, in English
$8 Museum members, $12 Non-members. Includes Museum admission. A discussion will follow the film.
Genghis Blues chronicles the extraordinary odyssey of Paul Pena, a blind Massachusetts blues musician of Cape Verdean descent, who teaches himself Tuvan “throat-singing” – a mysterious and complex art in which multiple vocal tones are produced simultaneously – and is by chance invited to the 1995 throat-singing festival in Kyzyl, Tuva, in central Asia. He is received with wonder and celebration by the Tuvan people, and he, in turn, experiences a personal freedom and joy he has never felt in his home country. A film about cultural curiosity, unexpected friendship, and the transformative power of music, Genghis Blues is an inspiring testament to the vitality of the human spirit.
Paul Pena was born in Hyannis, MA, graduated from Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA, and attended Clark University in Worcester, MA, before relocating to the West Coast.
Genghis Blues won the 1999 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 in the Best Documentary Feature category, and was voted the Most Popular Film at the 1999 Vancouver International Film Festival. Overall, the film has won 70 awards at international film festivals.
"So well-realized . . . that moviegoers leave the theater raving." Banning Eyre, The Boston Phoenix
“An enchanting documentary on a magnificent obsession." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“No fiction film could possibly have dreamed up this wonderful story.” Roger Ebert
Check out the official trailer here
Listen to a clip from the soundtrack here