WMI PLUS screening of Éthiopiques: Revolt of the Soul
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W 129th St, Manhattan
WMI Plus experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison
WMI celebrates Ethiopian New Year with this special documentary screening on September 11 and a NYC debut show by legendary artist Girma Bèyènè and Akalé Wubé on September 12.
Éthiopiques: Revolt of the Soul is a film about the rise, fall and redemption of a group of spectacular Ethiopian jazz musicians who in the swinging 60’s ignited an explosive cultural revolution in Addis Ababa ("Swinging Addis"). Their music was sublime but this golden era was brought to an end by the military regime that took over the country and forced the musicians into exile and jail. Now, after many years, they are back on a world stage, making up for lost time and still swinging. Our film follows the inspirational figures whose amazing life stories illustrate music’s power of redemption in the face of war and heartbreak.
Girma Bèyènè Francis Falceto Michael Al'Azar
About the filmmaker, Maciej Bochniak
Maciej Bochniak was born in Cracow in 1984. He is a screenwriter (graduate of the Screenwriting Studies in The Lodz Film School), director, photographer, drummer (graduate of the School of Music in Cracow), producer. Impression2Films co-founder, in support of young and independent filmmakers. He debuted with a short film "I Love You So Much" (2009), and documentary "Reception" (2011) produced under the "First Film" program in Munk's Studio. He is co-author of the feature film "The Room" and author of a feature documentary "One Billion Happy People". Bochniak is also the creator of several TV documentaries, music videos, concerts, commercials and feature short and feature-length scripts.