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If your favorite film genre is documentaries, you'll definitely want to see The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble when it opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, June 10 and other cities shortly. As I shared in my interview with Yo-Yo on, the ensemble is a magical musical collective he assembled to share the wonders of the universal power of music.

The new feature-length documentary from filmmaker Morgan Neville and friends follows the ensemble, a group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers with a 16-year track record. They explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. You'll see it all in performance footage, personal interviews and archival film.

If you're curious about the name, so was I. The fabled Silk Road was a complex network of highways, footpaths and ancient trails connecting the world's far-flung civilizations, including China, India, Persia, Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It encompassed more than 4,600 miles of trade routes.

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo established the art collective, Silkroad, in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. It's been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005.

Morgan, 48, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary and a Grammy for Best Music Film in 2014 for his captivating work, 20 Feet from Stardom. The film fosters a new appreciation for the legendary background singers you've heard for decades, singing tunes that many know by heart. I've watched it five times. Ditto for his 2015 film, Keith Richards: Under the Influence. See them both on Netflix.

In this interview, find out what makes Morgan tick and don't miss his The Music of Strangers. Here's the complete screening schedule by location. Take a peek at the trailer now on Parade.