THE SENEGAL CONNECTION - SAT, Dec. 3 from 1:30pm - Milbank
YOUSSOU N'DOUR: RETURN TO GORÉE
A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.
From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert... Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, 2016, Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, 108min, documentary in English and French with English subtitles
WALK ALL NIGHT: A DRUM BEAT JOURNEY - Q&A
An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago's south side, Elilta Tewelde aspires to connect the young men to their African heritage through music. A native of Africa herself, she crowd funds a trip to Senegal where the teens will participate in traditional drumming workshops under a master percussionist and his family. But the cultural divide proves wide and problems surface along the way challenging the project leaders and bucket drummers to unexpected limits and discoveries about themselves. Directed by Mallory Sohmer and Kate Benzschawel, USA, 2016, Documentary, 86 min, English.