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The Music of Strangers. Lush cinematography and music / DECIDER

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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma says "I'm always trying to figure out at some level who I am and how I fit in the world, which is something I think I share with 7 billion other people." That search for both self-identity and global commonality lies at the heart of the film - The Music of Strangers. Released in 2015, The Music of Strangers was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Music Film category, and premiered on HBO last night, where it can now be watched on any of the network's streaming services. It was directed by Morgan Neville, who also did the Academy Award winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and the recent Netflix Original documentary Keith Richards: Under the Influence.

The Music of Strangers explores the history and personal stories of the members of The Silk Road Ensemble. Formed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 as part of arts collective, the group takes its name from the legendary road that connected Europe to Asia and brings together master musicians from around the globe. The film's lush cinematography is as beautiful as any of the music being played, and Neville knows how coax a story out of his subjects which tells a bigger story than the usual musician's anecdotes.

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