Many Thousands Gone

2015 | 00:08:00 | Brazil / United States | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: African-American, Experimental Film, Memory, Migration, Music, Post-colonialism, Race

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Filmed on location in Salvador, Brazil (the last city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery) and Harlem, NY ( an international stronghold of the African Diaspora), Many Thousands Gone draws parallels between a summer afternoon on the streets of the two cities. A silent version of the film was given to jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to use an interpretive score. The final film is the combination of the images and McPhee’s real time “sight reading” of the score.