pars media // films // Aida's Brothers & Sisters
Music Documentary, 100 min, 1999
Director(s): Jan Schmidt-Garre, Marieke Schroeder
Cinematography: Wedigo von Schultzendorff, Craig Braden
Editor: Gaby Kull-Neujahr
Featuring: Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price, Shirley Verett, Simon Estes, Barbara Hendricks, George Shirley, GÃ¶tz Friedrich, Edward Said, Rosalyn M. Story, Opera Ebony et al.
Co-produced by BR, SWR, WDR, WNET/Thirteen/New York, DRS, TSR, NRK and YLE
Distributed with the support of Media II
// on DVD
The film tells the story of classical singing against the background of black emancipation in politics and society, a story ranging from the first successes of the bass Paul Robeson, who throughout his life regarded his voice as an instrument of liberation, to the young singing pupils of the Harlem School of Arts, who identify themselves with their origins in rejuvenated pride. We hear the great African American singers, their opera company directors and producers talk about their views and experiences. Historical and contemporary film extracts and specially shot film sequences demonstrate the richness and variety of black singing. The film also tries to give an answer to the the question: Are we really colourdeaf?