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Friday, October 23 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Land of Songs - Preceded by The Ladies

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Aldona Watts

2015 | 60 minutes | Lithuania, U.S.A.

U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance

Inspired by their grandmother’s vivid accounts of her WWII-era childhood, first-time filmmakers Aldona (director) and Julian Watts (cinematographer and co-producer) travel to Lithuania with family friends. They arrive in Dainvana, a region known as the “Land of Songs,” where they meet a sprightly group of women who have kept their village’s folk-singing tradition vibrant and essential through decades of war, occupation, and youth flight. When the sibling filmmakers return years later, only five of the grandmothers are still alive. Land of Songs is a tender, poetic record of the lives of these remarkable women and an eloquent testament to heritage—and to the universal language of folk music. 


Preceded by: The Ladies

Tyler Zoanni

2015 | 13 minutes | U.S.A.

Director in Attendance

A group of Ukrainian women gathers in New York’s East Village, as they have for nearly 50 years, bound by the ritualistic preparation of dumplings for their church. This delightful observational documentary offers an evocative snapshot of a small but enduring segment of New York City’s always changing culture.

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Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Kaufman Theater

Attendees (6)