A special screening of a beautiful documentary about Lithuanian village life.
‘Land of Songs’
Sunday 30th April at 6pm
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Deep in the forests of a region in Lithuania known as the “Land of Songs,” five charming grandmothers are the bearers of their village’s ancient folk singing tradition. Singing has nourished their lifelong friendships and helped them to cope with decades of war and occupation. As the village’s youth move away, the grandmothers struggle to keep their songs alive.
“Inspired by their grandmother’s vivid accounts of her WWII-era childhood, first-time sibling filmmakers Aldona (director) and Julian Watts (cinematographer) travel to Lithuania with family. They arrive in Dainava, a region known as the “Land of Songs,” where they meet a sprightly group of women who have kept their village’s ancient folk-singing tradition vibrant and essential through decades of war, occupation, and youth flight. When the filmmakers return years later, only five of the grandmothers are still alive. Land of Songs is a tender, poetic record of the lives of these remarkable women and an eloquent testament to heritage—and to the universal language of folk music.”
“It is impossible not to fall in love with these beautiful characters, portrayed with tenderness and love”.— Audrius Stonys
“A gem of a film that deserves an audience . . . First-time director Aldona Watts pulled off a minor miracle in making such an engaging work with little money”.— Baja Review