Whose Is This Song?

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DJANGO IN JUNE!  This year's film, Whose Is This Song?, has nothing to do with the Gypsy jazz tradition per se. But it has everything to do with the way music has the power to bind us to one another—and divide us.

In her search for the true origins of a haunting melody, the filmmaker Adela Peeva travels to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The trip is filled with humor, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country's citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and can even furnish elaborate histories for its origins. The tune emerges again and again in different forms: as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem, and even a military march. The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and other times, eerily telling. In a region besieged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans.

Director Adela Peeva.  70 mins, NR.  In Bulgarian, Macedonian and Turkish w/subtitles.

Since two of the artists on the Django in June staff this year, Tcha Limberger and Sergiu Popa, have deep musical roots in the Balkans where the film takes place, they seem a great fit for this fascinating documentary.

With introduction from event organizer Andrew Lawrence and a brief LIVE PERFORMANCE with Tcha Limberger and Sergiu Popa.  Come for the music at 7:30p.m., with the film to follow.

Tickets are $6.50 for Amherst Cinema Members, $10 for the General Admission.

Django in June is New England's premier occasion to celebrate, study and just plain enjoy the musical tradition unwittingly launched some 80 years ago by the great French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and his best known musical sidekick, violinist Stephane Grappelli. That tradition is now known by many names: Gypsy jazz, hot (or Hot Club) jazz, Gypsy swing... Whatever you call it, it offers one of the most ebullient, accessible and unique jazz styles on the planet.  Featured musicians and others perform in concerts throughout Northampton on June 21 & 22, 2013. Website: www.djangoinjune.com