Zakir and his Friends – A Rhythm Experience
Documentary, 90 min.
by Lutz Leonhardt
Switzerland / Germany, September 1997
The portrait of Zakir Hussain, tabla player, percussionist and “musician without frontiers”. Born in Bombay in 1951, Zakir has invented an exciting new music using the vocabulary of the world’s rhythmic languages. After sounding a whole world of drummers, the film introduces us to the dual worlds of sound and image, music and film, balancing each with precision, and without compromise, bringing the “music film” to a new pitch of perfection. “It all began with the image of four young blacks in South America, and an amazing concert with an Indian musician of whom I had never heard. A musical journey through India, Indonesia, Japan, California, Venezuela, Trinidad and Burkina Faso, featuring the most incredible drummers and percussionists in the world.” (Lutz Leonhardt)
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Written by: Lutz Leonhardt
World Premiere: September 1997
Original Version: English/Japanese/French (german/french subtitles), colour, 35mm, BlowUp, 90 min.
Felix von Muralt
Editing: Claudia Gleisner
Sound: Hans Castorp
Music: Zakir Hussain, Aude Kolb, Suar Agung, Les frères Coulibaly
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- Solothurn, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Prize, Best Documentary 1999 (Nomination)