After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in ...
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After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted - not only by the rugged purity of the music, but also by the raw courage and endurance of the local people as they carve out meaningful lives against the harshest conditions. It is not, however, until she meets Tom - a handsome, hardened war veteran and talented musician - that she's forced to examine her motivations. Is the "Songcatcher," as Tom insists, no better than the men who exploit the people and extort their ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
A number of the extras are part of the old time Appalachian music scene in Asheville, NC. This includes dulcimer player Don Pedi, who also hosts an old time music show on WCQS, Asheville's public radio station. Members of the Green Grass Cloggers (and their children), famous ballad singer and activist Hazel Dickens, Iris DeMent, and other top musicians are shown. Ironically, many of the artists featured are responsible for preserving the musical tradition in modern times and represent some of the finest in their craft today. See more »
Kudzu is shown growing in the forest. Kudzu was introduced into Appalachia in the 1930s from Japan to slow erosion. Kudzu would not have been present during the period this movie covers. (Keeping in mind, of course, that in order to produce a film about the Appalachians WITHOUT the kudzu would of course require filming in another region, as to date there have been very few if any successful attempts at denuding their fast-paced growth.) See more »
See, that's what you outlanders don't understand. Life is for enjoying, not just getting and working, and getting and working.
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Thank you to the people of Western Mountains of North Carolina. See more »
This movie accomplishes many things within the premise of "Songcatching". The movie exposes the hardships, ignorances, prejudices, resourcefulness, intelligence, commonsense and heart of the people who remained out of touch with "progress".
The movie has some graphic and controversial scenes; but the majority is appropriate for all ages.
The way the folk music is in-twined in the lives of the local people is magical and authentic. I wish a sound track was available with the full versions of the "collected" songs in the original voices of the actors, in the same simplistic way they were produced for the movie.
This is a movie I have enjoyed on many occasions and look forward to future viewings. I have purchased the DVD.
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