Movie Review: Genghis Blues (1999)

In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Genghis Blues
Release Date: July 9, 1999
Director: Roko Belic
Production Company: Roxie Releasing

Great documentary that follows blind American blues singer Paul Pena to the remote region of Tuva in the Russian Federation. Pena heard the unique sounds of Tuvan throatsinging where one singer produces multiple tones at once on short wave radio, and taught himself how to throatsing and learned the Tuvan language. After making friends with Tuva’s top celebrity throatsinger, Kongar-ol Ondar, Pena is invited to compete in the triennial throatsinging competition in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. It’s one of those truth is stranger than fiction stories and one of my favorite films of all time. I recommend it to anyone who likes music, cultural exchange, or just a good glimpse at humanity.

Rating: *****

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