Music Film Festival in Belgrade – documentaries about Kanye West and Little Richard

The seventh edition of the Parallel Visions music film festival, which is jointly organized by Parallel, the Belgrade subculture festival and the distribution company Visionary Thinking, will take place from 21st to 24th December, in the large hall of the Museum of the Yugoslav Film Archive in Uzun Mirkova Street.

Two of the documentaries that will be screened feature two iconic black performers – Little Richard and Kanye West.

“Little Richard: I am Everything” tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression.

“The Trouble with KanYe” tackles the harm caused Kanye West’s rhetoric to addressing the stigma around discussions of West’s mental health. How does it happen, that one day you are a revered musical artist, innovator and fashion empire-builder capable of turning everything you touch to gold, and the next you are a Trump-hugging, Holocaust-denying darling of the US far right, telling people that you hope Jewish children “look at their daddies and say ‘Why is Ye mad at us?’”? “The Trouble With KanYe”, the latest documentary by award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar, sets out to answer not just this question – compelling though the evolution of musician Kanye-now-Ye West is – but the even more important one of where it might lead.

(Politika, 20.12.2023)

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