Film Screening “The Stirring of a Thousand Bells”

Film Screening “The Stirring of a Thousand Bells”

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The Stirring of a Thousand Bells

Tue Mon 15 Dec 2014, 8 pm
Manzi Art Space

From Moon Gramophone:

MOON GRAMOPHONE proudly presents the Vietnam premiere of THE STIRRING OF A THOUSAND BELLS, an ethnomusicological documentary on gamelan traditions in the island of Java, Indonesia.


Screening + Skype Q&A with director Matt Dunning


(Matt Dunning)

Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, it’s still a part of everyday life, and an important cultural custom. A complex wonder of human invention, it comes from a timeless world of aural tradition, contemplation, and relaxed living.

These films capture the essence of the gamelan tradition, in the context of the changing modern world. Come and experience Java through my eyes and ears. Feel what it’s like to be lost in a world of history.

THE STIRRING OF A THOUSAND BELLS consists of 2 short films:

1. SEKATEN – 35’15” – Experience Javas most cosmic music festival where the old world and the new are colliding, creating captivating images and sound. It attempts to put the viewer in the perspective of someone experiencing the Sekaten festival for the first time, leaving a sense of curiosity, and desire to learn more about Javanese culture.

2. SRIMPI MUNCAR – 15’20” – Enchanting melodies and meditative dance from Mangkunegaran Palace, with arresting images from throughout Java.

Entry by donation on the door (all donations will go to the filmmaker)

Special thanks to Manzi and our media partner Hanoi Grapevine.

Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi


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