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  • Abdullah Ibrahim—A Struggle for Love

    German director Ciro Cappellari's 2005 video documentary captures the great South African jazz pianist performing in his homeland on the occasion of his 70th birthday. more...
  • Accordion Tribe

    To form the title ensemble, Slovenian-American accordionist Guy Klucevsek recruited four of his most interesting and original colleagues (Maria Kalaniemi of Finland, Lars Hollmer of Sweden, Bratko Bibic of Slovenia, and Otto Lechner of Austria), each of them devoted to honoring but also transcending his or her musical roots. more...
  • Agujetas, cantaor

    “A person that knows how to read and write can't sing flamenco because his pronunciation isn't right,” spits the illiterate flamenco singer Agujetas in this 1998 documentary. more...
  • Alex Lora, Rock 'n' Roll Slave

    El Tri was one of the first Mexican rock bands to write songs in Spanish, and its lyrics identify strongly with the working class, but you'd never guess either from this adoring concert film. more...
  • The Alphorn Story

    This 2003 documentary by Stefan Schwietert may sound like a Saturday Night Live goof—familiar from Swiss tourism ads, the alpenhorn (or alphorn) is a traditional wind instrument measuring between 10 and 14 feet in length—yet the video is compelling for the players' passion and the music's range, which stresses the instrument's harmonic richness. more...
  • Around Flamenco

    This three-part Spanish documentary by Paco Millan explores the international reach of flamenco culture, showing its roots in Gypsy Spain and raising questions about globalism and authenticity as dancers and musicians in New York and Tokyo emulate and adapt the form for their own purposes. more...
  • Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live (NR)

    Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Christoph Green directed this standard-issue music documentary (2009), which follows the rock band Wilco over five nights of an American tour one year prior. more...
  • Bamako Is a Miracle

    This excellent 2003 video documentary by Samuel Charlad chronicles the recording of MaliCool, a collaboration between jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd and the Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. more...
  • The Bears: Out of Hibernation!

    Strictly for fans—and obsessive ones at that—this video by D.P. Carlson documents 36 hours in the lives of the Bears, a minor pop-rock band from Cincinnati that's best known for having included guitarist Adrian Belew. more...
  • Beautiful Frenzy

    Amsterdam's the Ex are one of the most interesting rock bands of the past two decades, and I was excited at the prospect of a documentary that might trace their transformation from chaotic anarchist punks to brilliant intuitive improvisers. more...
  • Benjamin Smoke

    Benjamin Smoke (aka Robert Dickerson), the gay, cross-dressing, gutter-mouthed southern Oscar Wilde who fronted the wild, eclectic Atlanta band Smoke, was HIV-positive and died in January 1999, not long after this 2000 documentary was shot. more...
  • Big City Dick

    Filmmakers Scott Milam, Ken Harder, and Todd Pottinger spent ten years chronicling the ups and downs of autistic savant Richard Peterson, a Seattle street musician obsessed with Johnny Mathis and the old Lloyd Bridges TV show Sea Hunt. more...