IFI Documentary Festival 2016: The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Director: Morgan Neville

96 mins, USA, 2016, Digital

An eclectic group of gifted musicians from across the globe, The Silk Road Ensemble are in many respects the crowning achievement in the career of world-beating Chinese-American cellist Yo Yo Ma, whose questing musical spirit is given free reign as leader of the supergroup. Glorious concert footage abounds in Oscar winning director Morgan Neville’s (20 Feet From Stardom) profile of this gathering of close to fifty traditional musicians, among them Kayhan Kalhor, a kamancheh player from Iran, and Kinan Azmeh, a clarinettist from Syria, who speak movingly of the threats musicians face in their countries.

This event is screening as part of IFI Documentary Festival 2016 (September 22- 25)

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