Land of Songs
2014, Aldona Watts, Lithuania/USA, 60 min.
- Mon, Dec 5th 6:15pm
“These songs are the most essential part of the Lithuanian soul.” — Jonas Mekas
San Francisco-based filmmaker Watts, the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, traveled to the village of Puvočiai in the region of Dainava (“Land of Songs”) to make this lovely, elegiac documentary. Its subject is five lively, charismatic močiutės (“grannies’) who are the last to sing the region’s traditional folk songs, steeped in its deep forests and rolling rivers, and in its long history of invasion and loss. As one močiutė says, “When hard times came, I never cried — I sang. Maybe that’s why they call this the Land of Songs.” In Lithuanian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
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