The Internatinal Documentry Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is an annually held festival in my hometown. This year there was a special programm for music documentry’s. I went to see three of them and gave them my personal rating.
1. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MEN *****
The story of the artist Rodriguez is so incredibly touching and unbelievable that it is easily one of the best documentries of the festival. If you have the chance to see it you must not miss this one!
This award-winning documentary charts the extraordinary and inspirational story of mysterious 1970s musician Rodriguez.
In the late ’60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
I was so overwhelmed by the music of Rodgriguez that i bought the re-issue of his first album Cold Fact on vinyl.
Now in his seventies, Sixto Rodriguez finally gets more recognition and he played a few shows in the US and Europe over the last years.
2. THE SOUND OF BELGIUM ****
The Sound of Belgium’ explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music.
From the dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; From EBM and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno. A chronicle of unique popular music, ‘The Sound of Belgium’ goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it.
I am old enough to know most of the New Beat hits. Altough the genre produced a lot of rubbish the R&S label is responsible for some of the best classics of 90’s dance music. CJ Bolland plays an important part in the Belgian techno scene. Camargue is one of his finest releases and something i would still play in a dj set.
3. AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART ***
The first-ever feature documentary about Grammy Winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Rick Springfield and his ardently loyal fan base. Film focuses on some universal human desires, such as the importance of connecting with like-minded friends and the ability to create new memories as adults reminiscent of the carefree days of our adolescence. The film highlights Springfield’s unique connection with his fans and how this relationship has been a source of happiness, comfort, and inspiration.
The IDFA showed the world premiere of this movie. Afterwards there was an Q& Awith the filmmakers and the one and only Rick Springfield in person. He also played some songs on his guitar for us. Here’s a clip of his biggest hit: Jessie’s Girl