Humanities Institute

Film Screening: "Whose Is This Song?"

Thu, March 3, 2016 | APL Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 East César Chávez Street, Austin, TX 78702

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Whose Is This Song?
Whose Is This Song?

In her search for the true origins of a haunting melody, the filmmaker travels to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The trip is filled with humor, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country's citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and can even furnish elaborate histories for its orgins.

The tune emerges again and again in different forms: as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem, and even a military march. The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and othertimes, eerily telling. In a region beseiged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans.

Click here for a short trailer!

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