Details of Genghis Blues (1999)

Movie Name: Genghis Blues
Director: Roko Belic
Producer: Roko Belic,
Adrian Belic
Writer:
IMDB Rating: 7.9
IMDB Vote: 1265
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.5
Google Rating: 9.3
Budget ($):
World-wide Gross ($):
Movie Length (Minute): 88
Oscar Nominations:
Oscar Won:
Editor: Roko Belic, Christopher Nolan
Adrian Belic,
Cast: Paul Pena

Plot: The documentary captures the story of blind blues musician Paul Pena. After a brush with fame and success in the 1970s, Pena’s fortunes faded as he dealt with career and health problems.

While listening to shortwave radio, Pena heard a broadcast of throatsinging, the Tuvan art of manipulating overtones while singing to make higher frequencies more distinguishable, essentially making it possible to sing two notes at once. Pena, over the course of several years, taught himself to throatsing to a very impressive degree. He eventually attended a concert of throatsinging and after the concert impressed one of the throatsingers, Kongar-ol Ondar, who invited him to visit Tuva, a republic of the Russian Federation and a formerly independent country from 1921 and 1944 under the name of People’s Republic of Tannu Tuva and the home of throatsinging, to sing in the triennial throatsinging festival held there.

The entire journey, as well as the extraordinary mix of cultures and music, is captured in the documentary.

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