Common people

New Zealand director Florian Habicht brings his documentary on British rock band Pulp and its hometown to the Docaviv film festival.

May 8, 2014 11:07

Another offering is a film about American recording studio Muscle Shoals.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

This year’s 16th annual Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival is fast approaching, and there is a whole bunch of fun and eye-opening music-related items on offer. The genre and thematic spread is particularly wide. It takes in famous figures from the global music scene, such as iconic Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, composer and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, in addition to Britpop band Pulp. However, it also peeks behind the glitter of the celebrity acts, for instance with 20 Feet from Stardom, which offers a fascinating look at the life and work of some of the busiest backup vocalists in the entertainment business.

We take a few more steps away from the spotlight with Jalanan (“Streetside”), which portrays the lives and dreams of three gifted street musicians who ply their trade on the streets and buses of Jakarta, providing us with a captivating taste of a colorful subculture in the Indonesian capital. The music category of Docaviv also features works from local acts, including a student movie about indie rocker Yehu Yaron and A Bag of Sentiments, about seminal Israeli pop-rock band Kaveret, based on last year’s anniversary reunion 40 years after the group first broke up.


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