The Wandering Muse

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 11, 2015

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, Filmworks presents a film about resilience and togetherness: the independent documentary “The Wandering Muse.” The movie tells the story of wandering Jewish musicians, who for millennia as reluctant nomads have used instruments as passports to the world. In an Argentine bar, two friends play tango-infused klezmer. In rural Uganda, villagers chant Hebrew prayers in East African harmonies. At a Montreal party, an artist mixes hip-hop and jazz with cantorial singing in a multilingual tour-de-force. And in a Berlin apartment, an American harmonizes with a Russian in a rendition of an anti-Zionist song from the 1920s. From ram’s horn to beatbox, director Tamás Wormser examines a kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the invigorating and ever-changing music of diaspora. In nine different languages, with English subtitles.

Director: Tamás Wormser
Canada • 93 minutes • Not Rated

Discussion Circle:
Details to come.

Screening Sponsors:
Fresno Jewish Film Series
Fresno Folklore Society

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Filmworks thanks Jewel FM 99.3, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"The film is a fascinating eye-opener. . . . Over the course of his travels, Tamás Wormser uncovers Yiddish punk-rock in Berlin and Ugandan villagers celebrating traditional Sabbath prayers in their makeshift jungle synagogue." — Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
"For those who are not Jewish, the plot synopsis could seem like a turn-off. However, Tamás Wormser’s documentary, more than seven years in the making, is a film rich with diversity and the chance for discovery." — Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene
"The film is a fascinating eye-opener. . . . Over the course of his travels, Tamás Wormser uncovers Yiddish punk-rock in Berlin and Ugandan villagers celebrating traditional Sabbath prayers in their makeshift jungle synagogue." — Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
"For those who are not Jewish, the plot synopsis could seem like a turn-off. However, Tamás Wormser’s documentary, more than seven years in the making, is a film rich with diversity and the chance for discovery." — Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.