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Is there a better, cooler label than Sublime Frequencies? Come and find out as the label screens to films from its documentary work in Ethiopia and Western Niger. The filmmakers will be on hand tonight for the screening in Baltimore. Full details after the jump.
The films will be screened tonight starting at 8 p.m. at Floristree, 405 W. Franklin Street 6th Floor in Baltimore. From the press release, here’s more details on the films:
STARING INTO THE SUN
a new film,by Olivia Wyatt
to be released on DVD this Fall by Sublime Frequencies
“Staring into the Sun is the latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans and presently has over 80 diverse ethnic groups. Photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explores 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film. Traveling from the northern highlands to the lower Omo Valley, Wyatt brings together the worlds of Zar spirit possession; Hamer tribal wedding ceremonies; Borena water well polyphonic singing; wild hyena feedings; and bizarre Ethiopian TV segments; presenting an enchanting look at these ethereal images, landscapes and sounds from the horn of Africa. The tribes featured in this film are captured with an unflinching sense of realism and poetic admiration resulting in a visual and aural feast of the senses.”
LAND OF SONGHAI
a new short film by Hisham Mayet
“Hisham Mayet’s latest film explores the music and landscape of the Songhai, around the Niger River in Western Niger. Zarma mock possession hoedowns, Wodaabe trance vocal performances, Spirit possession ceremonies, Godje one sting laments, contigi string masters, comsaa griots and Sahel night markets create a bizarre and fascinating glimpse into the arid and culturally vibrant bend in the Niger river.”
Both directors will be on hand for a Q & A.