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Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

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A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.


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Anania Ngoliga ...
Oumou Sangare ...
Djelimady Tounkara ...
Haruna Walusimbi ...


A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.

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$4,827 (USA) (13 March 2009)


$88,580 (USA) (17 July 2009)

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Haruna Walusimbi: There is this negative thinking about Africa. There is nothing good in Africa. They are beggars, there is HIV/AIDS, they are at war all the time. But that is just a very small bit of what Africa is.
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Uncle Bela's Bringing It All Back Home (the Banjo...to Africa,that is)
23 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

World music lovers of the world,unite! This is the film you have been waiting for. Just a few short years ago,master Banjo wizard,Bela Fleck traveled to Africa,with a few Banjo's in hand,along with his half Brother,documentary film maker,Sascha Paladino (who also captured Bela in his documentary short,'Obstinato:Making Music For Two'),a film & sound crew,to study the origins of the Banjo,and where it came from (and to also record a new CD). What they (as well as us, the audience)got was not just a tutorial on the Banjo & it's origins,but the open window of opportunity to jam with several master musicians in such African nations as Uganda,Tanzania, Gambia & Mali. This is one of those rare films that not only is a genuine joy to watch (the superb camera work & razor sharp editing really bowled me over),but to listen to (we get to see & hear several African folk songs,as well as some of Fleck's own compositions by Fleck & the master musicians & singers,as well). Anybody who knows their onions about African folk & pop music will surely be over joyed by their favourites on screen. Spoken in English & French,Bambara,Jula-Fanyi & Swahili with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,but contains absolutely nothing to offend even the most blue nosed prude.

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