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Trailer - DocFilmMusic Competition

The international music documentary film competition, DocFilmMusic, will be held for the fourth time within the frames of Krakow Film Festival, and this year's edition will prove, once again, that music is an inexhaustible source of film topics which are a feast for ears and eyes. The best music documentary films from the entire world will compete in front of the audience in Krakow for the prestigious award: the Golden Heynal. The Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. During 8 festival days viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad. Films are presented in competitions and in special sections like retrospectives, thematic cycles, archive screenings. Festival is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the filmmakers. Every year Krakow Film Festival hosts about 600 Polish and international guests: directors, producers, film festival programmers and numerous audience from Krakow.

The multi-cultural project Yo-Yo Ma ("The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Man and the Silk Road Ensemble"), is in the competition, as there is a place both for music discoveries and nostalgic travels in time - from jazz, through rock and hip hop, to ethnic music and Latino rhythms. Once again, it turns out that music documentary films tell the story of something more than just the music itself. 

The CD companion to Music of Strangers - Sing Me Home: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will release later this month.

With guest performers and imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape, Sing Me Home is the sixth album by the Grammy-nominated group available from Sony Music Masterworks. Produced by Silk Road Ensemble member Johnny Gandelsman and Grammy Award winner Kevin Killen (U2, Kate Bush, Elvis Castello, David Bowie), the album examines the ever-changing idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble's unique collective of global artists. Each piece invites listeners to explore the "music of home" through the individual experiences of Ensemble members, many of whom are immigrants. The result is a compelling collection of innovative and deeply moving tributes to the rich cultural heritage of the Balkans, China, Galicia, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Mali, people of the Roma, Syria, and the United States.