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The Whisper of the Marimba (Das Flüstern der Marimba)

The Whisper of the Marimba
(c) Greta-Marie Becker

The marimba is the bridge between Africa and Latin America. The sound of the wooden xylophone connects the present-day life on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast with its African roots. Hundreds of years ago, the marimba music came to Ecuador across the sea. Stormy drum rhythms and the gentle, undulating melodies remind us of the violence experienced during slave trade and colonial rule and also tell the story of the centuries-old musical resistance of the Afro-Ecuadorian community.
THE WHISPER OF THE MARIMBA portrays three generations of musicians who lay bare their worries and dreams as well as their unshakable trust in the power of art and music to nurture their identity and community. A story of losing memory and rewriting history…
Genre Art, History, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2020
Director Greta-Marie Becker
Screenplay Greta-Marie Becker
Cinematography Christian Mario Löhr
Cast Rosa Wila, Benjamín Vanegas, Familia González Hurtado
Producer Greta-Marie Becker
Co-Producer Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Runtime 79 min
Format 1:1.85
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2020
Awards Documentary Award in the Gold category of the Australian Cinematographers Society: National Awards for Cinematography 2020;
Predicate "valuable" - Deutsche Filmbewertungsstelle 2020 (German Film Quality Assessment Board)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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