Global Rock Docs

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 8:00pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Music Bowl (Music Library)

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Read the write-up on Rock Docs in The Bottom Line (May 15, 2012) ».

On May 7, 2012, UCSB Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology (and CISM board member) David Novak joined Ted Coe, host of "The Freak Power Ticket," to discuss the Global Rock Docs film series on KCSB:

June 6

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (F. Aikin, 2005)

A journey through the contemporary music scene of Istanbul, narrated through the encounters of Alexander Hacke (from the German industrial band Enstürzende Neubauten) with local performers.

May 30

Genghis Blues (R. Belic, 1999)

The story of blind American blues musician Paul Pena, and his travels to Tuva (a Russian province bordering Mongolia) to compete in a national throat singing competition.

May 16

Heavy Metal in Baghdad (E. Moretti & S. Alvi, 2007)

A film that follows the trials and controversies of Baghdadi heavy metal band Acrassicauda over the course of three years, in the midst of war, insurgency, and social change in Iraq.

Visit the Heavy Metal in Baghdad website »

May 9

Afghan Star (H. Marking, 2009)

In Afghanistan circa 2008, contestants on the televised musical contest "Pop Idol" bring music back into the post-Taliban public sphere, even at the risk of their lives.

April 18

Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars (Z. Niles, 2005) with Music of Resistance: Tinariwen (J. Breckenridge, 2009)

Displaced to Guinean refugee camps, a group of musicians band together and eventually return home to war-torn Sierra Leone. Preceded by an Al-Jazeera short detailing the emergence of the group Tinariwen through the Tuareg resistance in Northern Mali.

April 4

Fela: Music is the Weapon (S. Tchal-Gadjieff & J. Flori, 1982) with Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine (R. Frydman, 2005)

The classic verité documentary introducing the performance and politics of famed Nigerian musician-activist Fela Kuti, followed by a live concert film of his son Femi returning to Fela's legendary Lagos nightclub The Shrine.