Sunday, February 21st

12:30pm: Ozu & Capra: Silent Film Origins, Music Made Today
Co-sponsor: Asian Studies Initiative


Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House

(1922/ USA / Frank Capra / 12 min. / Not Rated)
The first film Frank Capra ever directed, this silent short consists of an early Hollywood experiment adapting Rudyard Kipling’s lusty and colorful ballad about a bawdy/boarding house in Calcutta. With her original musical compilation for this short, Christine Niehaus brings music into Capra’s blending of poetry and film.

Live piano accompaniment composed and performed by Prof. Christine Niehaus.

Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo No Gassho)
(1931 / Japan / Yasujiro Ozu / 90 min. / Not Rated)
This silent comedy portrays a Japanese father who loses his job during the Depression after standing up for a co-worker. Dreamland Faces will provide LIVE, original accompaniment!

Presented by  Prof. Hiroshi Kitamura (History and Film Studies)
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Documenting Music, Revolution and the African Diaspora
Co-sponsors: Alma Mater Productions, The Center for Student Diversity, and Africana Studies


3:00pm: Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

(2002 / South Africa, USA / Lee Hirsch / 108 min. / PG-13)
Hirsch’s powerful documentary chronicles the role of popular song in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. This film demonstrates the power of music to generate both political revolution and compelling documentary filmmaking.

Presented by Lee Hirsch, Director


5:00pm: Soundtrack for a Revolution

(2009 / USA, France, UK / Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman / 82 min. / Not Rated)
This dynamic musical and historical documentary, which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and has been short listed for an Oscar nomination, explores the freedom songs that spread, motivated, and spurred the American civil rights movement on to success. As a kind of African Diaspora sequel to Hirsch’s Amandla!, this film interpolates archival footage with contemporary musical performances and interviews and moves to a new terrain of American documentary using film and music as integrated aesthetic forms, on the one hand, and tools of politics and history, on the other.

Presented by Dan Sturman, co-director

7:00pm: African Diaspora Banquet: African and Soul Food Reception
Co-hosts: African Cultural Society, and other W&M Student Groups

Join us after Soundtrack for a Revolution and before the “Blind Boys” concert for a free reception featuring traditional African dishes and “soul food” provided by both community and student groups.

8:30pm: The Blind Boys of AlabamaLIVE CONCERT The Blind Boys of Alabama Finale
Local opening gospel performance: TBA
**NOTE: This event will be held in the Commonwealth Auditorium of
W&M’s Sadler Center**

A gospel group originally founded in 1939 at an Alabama school for blind African-
American children, the Blind Boys have gone on to become living legends of American
music. Featured in Soundtrack for a Revolution, they will share their spirit-filled music in
a performance fit for our Global Film and Music Festival’s finale.
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