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The greatest language known to mankind is front and center in - The Music of Strangers / Film Journal

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Making a truly joyful noise throughout the world for some years now, the Silk Road Ensemble is an eclectic mix of international musicians who come together and jam, bringing their various diverse instruments and cultures to deliver art to the people in the most utopian manner. They joined up at the behest of none other than superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who came up with the idea as a way of staying truly engaged in music, after having completely conquered the classical world with his huge talent and charisma.

Morgan Neville, who also made the wonderful, Oscar-winning 20 Feet from Stardom, has deposited an informal biography of Ma at the center of his film-we see him as a seven-year-old prodigy, performing for the Kennedy White House, and later as the "Golden Child" from Harvard. Unsurprisingly, the renowned cellist proves a wonderful camera subject and nicely loose host for the proceedings. Although you may leave The Music of Strangers wanting to know more about the complexities and less affably grinning side of this genius performer, there are enough colorful personalities with fascinating pasts to give the doc a wonderfully warm fund of human interest.

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