Aterúe: The Singers from Elsewhere

66 mins.
Directed by Rufus Paisley

Playing through Thursday, September 24.

  • Ticket price: $10.75 general admission, $7.50 for Amherst Cinema Members. Tickets good for unlimited viewing through Thursday, September 24.
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Four New England vocalists reverse-engineer the ancient tradition of Sardinian throat-singing but get in over their heads when a Youtube video of their first performance goes viral—in Sardinia.

ATERÚE: THE SINGERS FROM ELSEWHERE follows the American quartet’s unexpected journey to Sardinia and its deepening involvement with a living if precarious folk culture. The film is a tale of first encounters between the first non-Sardinians to sing in this mysterious throat-singing quartet style and the Sardinian world that embraces them.

Capturing the sounds and sights of relationships forged across languages, cultures, and generations through a shared attachment to the music, ATERÚE celebrates the vitality of this stubbornly insular Sardinian world and its capacity to survive due, in part, to its openness to the forces of elsewhere.