Music on Film

Experience the process and ecstasy of transcendent musical performance across time and genre with some of the greatest music docs ever made.

These memorable screenings all include post-film discussions between special guests deeply involved in the docs’ subjects and Mervon Mehta, executive director of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Performing Arts Division.

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Mama Africa

  • Finland, Germany, South Africa
  • 90
  • STC
  • Mika Kaurismäki
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Africa’s first international music star Miriam Makeba was a brilliant musician as well as an outspoken activist. Mama Africa is a comprehensive biography that pays tribute to her incredible legacy. Forced into exile after starring in the anti-apartheid film Come Back Africa in 1959, Mekeba performed with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie and married to musician Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael, a radical Black Panther. Director Mika Kaurismaki draws from rare archive footage of over 50 years of performances and candid scenes as well as new interviews with friends and family in this inspiring portrait.


Orchestra Piazza Vittorio

The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio

  • Italy
  • 93
  • STC
  • Agostino Ferrente
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In a bid to save their beloved Apollo Theatre, musician-conductor Mario Tranco and documentarian Agostino Ferrente come up with a plan to put together an orchestra entirely made up of immigrants. With escalating tension around immigration in Italy, where foreigners are not easily welcomed, Tranco and Ferrente make a political statement. We follow their five-year journey to assemble a group in Rome until it comes together in beautiful harmony. The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio has gone on to record several albums and go on major tours. See how this unlikely group got started in this rousing documentary.

Members of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.


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Song of Lahore

  • Pakistan
  • 82
  • PG
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Andy Schocken
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Once a beacon of musical culture in Pakistan, Lahore was a city that brought together the best in artists and musicians. Now divided by social and religious upheaval, it is a place tragically disconnected from its musical roots. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a new space for traditional music. An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments all of a sudden garners international acclaim and Wynton Marsalis invites the group to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York. Song of Lahore is a testament to the human ability to create under oppression.

Sitar master Anwar Kurshid, saxophonist Luiz Deniz, and percussionist Matias Recharte will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.