Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey
2016, Mallory Sohmer and Kate Benzschawel, USA, 86 min
- Mon, Oct 17th 8:00pm
- Wed, Oct 19th 8:15pm
A musical pilgrimage to Senegal illuminates links to their Africa heritage for four Chicago youths, but it also uncovers complex and troubling issues that were not anticipated when filming of this documentary began. Social worker Elilta Tewelde, herself an Eritrean refugee, becomes fascinated by the bucket drummers whom she sees performing on the streets of Chicago’s South Side. She crowd-funds a project to take four teenage drummers on a trip to Senegal to study under master percussionist/griot Medoune Gueye (aka Papa Dame). But the cultural gulf between South Side and West Africa is not so easily crossed, and conflicts arise among Tewelde, the four boys, and their Senegalese hosts. DCP digital. (MR)
OCTOBER 17 & 19: Co-directors Mallory Sohmer and Kate Benzschawel and cast members TBA will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.