The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Real Art Ways

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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble


The latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows members of the Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the personal journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays – Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Yo-Yo Ma (France/United States), Wu Man (China), and Cristina Pato (Spain) – to chronicle passion, talent, and sacrifice.

Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

"If the screen went dark during "The Music of Strangers," that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy."

Ken Jaworowski, New York Times

"Morgan Neville's documentary is a joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another."

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times