By Joel Dryden
A City Is An Island
Commonwealth, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Alberta Premiere – “You’ve lived a life and you’ve heard sounds and you’ve seen images and you’ve experienced trauma and bliss and love and all these things and art, is the, you know, making music, is the way you explain those things to everyone else.”
So begins the trailer for A City Is An Island, a meditation and reflection on music in the city of Montreal. We all know the wealth of talent that has come into that city, and many of those acts have contributed music to this documentary, including Mac DeMarco, Colin Stetson, AIDS Wolf and more.
HiFi Club, June 23, 6:30 p.m.
Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai
Theatre Junction GRAND (Studio), June 24, 6:30 p.m.
Which translates to: Rain the Color of Red with a Little Blue In It. Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, who will be performing at Sled Island 2015, stars as a young guitarist in the north of Niger, trying to make it “against all odds”. This is the first-ever Tuareg-language feature film, and is making its Canadian premiere at Sled Island. The film shot in Agadez, Niger with an entirely local cast and crew, and raised nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter. It’s also an homage to Prince’s Purple Rain.
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
Theatre Junction GRAND (Studio), June 25, 6:30 p.m.
Alberta Premiere – This documentary follows popular music in Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s. Producers filmed over 150 hours of interviews with Cambodian musicians. The time period was a tumultuous one in Cambodia, as genocide claimed the lives of over two million citizens. The music nearly disappeared as a result of the event. The documentary, which took nearly 10 years to produce, combines interviews and history to inform on a transformative time in Cambodian history.A City Is An Island, AB, Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai, Alberta, Commonwealth, Danny Says, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, HIFI Club, Sled Island, Sled Island 2015, Sled Island Film, Theatre Junction GRAND