EIFF Recommends: Music on Film

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Alongside our Sound Tracks strand, packed with musical events and club nights, EIFF offers up an eclectic mix of musical features to please your senses

Mama Africa
The absorbing story of singer and political activist Miriam Makeba dances to the beat of its own drum. Born into poverty and divided by Apartheid in South Africa, Miriam's life and work revolved around politics and music. Mika Kaurismüki's Joint UK Premiere is a harmonious blend of archive footage and interviews forming a fitting tribute to this extraordinary woman.

Morgan Neville's European premiere weaves archival footage, rare performances and interviews into a riveting celebration of The Troubadour Club. The West Hollywood group of musicians included such legendary artists as Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, and David Crosby. A must for fans of 1970s music.

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend
Another 70s icon, Bob Marley and the Wailers are brought to life in this European premiere of Jamaican documentarian Esther Anderson's feature. Shot on a Sony video camera in the 1970s, the film tracks the artistic process behind the union between Reggae and Rasta that forged a global icon.

Mrs Carey's Concert
If classical music is more your style, join Sydney music teacher Karen Carey on her bi-annual battle to involve all of her students in a musical concert at the Sydney Opera House. A heartwarming documentary for anyone who has ever crossed their fingers at a school concert.

Let Us Be Golden
The international premiere of this brand new British documentary brings amateur musicians to film's main stage. Director Colin O'Toole's documentary focuses on three acts, three sounds, and three attitudes. Following a trio of different young acts as they forge their way into the music industry, it's a British battle of the bands.

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 228 2688 or in person at Filmhouse.

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