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Genghis Blues (1999)

San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

Director:

Roko Belic

Writer:

Roko Belic
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Richard Feynman ... Self (archive footage)
B.B. King ... Self
Kongar-ol Ondar Kongar-ol Ondar
Paul Pena Paul Pena
Aislinn Scofield Aislinn Scofield ... Self
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Storyline

The extraordinary odyssey of a U.S. musician of Cape Verdean ancestry to Tannu Tuva, in central Asia, where nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics. A bluesman, Paul Pena, blind and recently widowed, taught himself throat singing and was by chance invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium in Kyzyl. Helped by the "Friends of Tuva," Pena makes the arduous journey. 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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Christopher Nolan receives one of his earliest credits on this documentary, when he is listed under 'Editorial Assistance'. When he spent 3 years in Chicago as a child, he was friends with Roko and Adrian Belic and the three of them made short Super 8 movies together. See more »

Crazy Credits

Paul is seen performing "You Gotta Move" during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Window into another world
15 August 2004 | by plutenkoSee all my reviews

I really like this movie. It's a window into another world that I knew nothing about previously: Mongolia. It's amazing hat the filmmakers actually journeyed there with Pena. That's the part I enjoyed the most. And the music is great, too. I've been looking for the soundtrack CD to this movie, but no luck yet. I think this documentary should have gotten the Academy Award - but I guess that's politics. I also enjoyed the character of the Mongolian throat singer. He seems like such a nice guy, and on top of that he is a politician in Mongolia. I highly recommend this documentary for anyone who wishes to be entertained and watch something of substance.


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Official Sites:

Wadi Rum Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Tuvinian

Release Date:

28 October 1999 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzsingiz blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyzyl, Tuva Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,524, 4 July 1999

Gross USA:

$374,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,550
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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