The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

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USA | 2015 | 96 minutes | Morgan Neville

June 24 - July 14, 2016

SIFF Film Center | Ends Thu July 14
From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom comes the delightful globe-trotting story of celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his multicultural collective of inspiring master musicians from around the world.

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. The Music of Strangers follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

  • Director: Morgan Neville
  • Principal Cast: Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Keith Richards: Under the Influence (Doc, 2015); Best of Enemies (Doc, 2015); Twenty Feet from Stardom (Doc, 2013); Troubadours (Doc, 2011); Search and Destroy: Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power (Doc, 2010); Johnny Cash’s America (Doc, 2008); The Cool School (Doc, 2008); Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: 'Cowboy' Jack Clement's Home Movies (Doc,2005); Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A. (Doc, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes