Camera as Witness: Tuva, Sierra Leone, and the USA—Dialogue Through Culture and Music

The world around us is often a painful reminder of how vulnerable and interconnected we are in our exposure to unresolved problems. It is more important than ever to focus on dialogue and education about different cultures and issues based upon a strong belief in the same values for all people around our world. In collaboration with the Camera as Witness program, Stanford Continuing Studies presents three unique films from three different parts of the world, demonstrating that the language of culture and music is sometimes stronger than any other diplomatic tool.

Funny, heartfelt, and moving, Academy Award– nominated Genghis Blues is a celebration of performance and the transformative power of music through the story of the blues musician Paul Pena, the first American ever to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic “throat singing.” Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars chronicles the band over three years, from Guinean refugee camps back to war-ravaged Sierra Leone. Amid the tragedies of their incredible losses, the band triumphs by realizing the dream of recording its first studio album. Finally, Sing Your Song is an up-close look at a great American musician, Harry Belafonte. A patriot to the end and a champion for worldwide human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past sixty years.

Film Schedule:

Genghis Blues (Tuva/US)
Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm
Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium
FREE; no registration is required

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (Sierra Leone/US)
Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm
Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium
FREE; no registration is required

Sing Your Song (US)
Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm
Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium
FREE; no registration is required

When:
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 7:00 PM

Approximate duration of 2.0 hour(s).
Where:
Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium (Map)
Sponsor:
Stanford Summer Session
Contact:
650-723-3109
summersession@stanford.edu
Admission:

Free and open to public.

Audience:
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Tags:
lecture, arts, film, international, humanities
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