Monday, March 4, 2019
Artist Film Series
Please join us on Monday, March 4, 6:00 pm at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center for a free viewing of Genghis Blues.
At once whimsical and profound, “Genghis Blues” chronicles the journey of blind blues legend Paul Pena, as he discovers the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and participates in the national competition.
Pena, blind and recently widowed, makes the arduous journey to Tannu Tuva, in central Asia, where nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics. Singing in the deep, rumbling Kargyraa style, Pena gives inspired performances at the festival, composes songs in Tuvan, washes his face in sacred rivers, expresses the disorientation of blindness in foreign surroundings, and makes a human connection with everyone he meets– J. Hailey.
Director Roko Belic’s brand of freestyle filmmaking brings an infectious energy to this documentary, which is both a powerful, personal portrait of a musician and the story of a unique cultural exchange.