the music of strangers 
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
A film of Morgan Neville
USA / 2015 / 1h36

Thursday 7th of March, 8:30p.m. Éden Cinéma, Fontvieille

8.30p.m.  – Musical introduction of the film The Music Of Strangers screening with MINA GHOBRIAL. First Prize of the International Convention of transverse Flute in Nice in 2010, this Egyptian flutist virtuoso settles in Marseille on the same year. Soloist of the Orchestre de Chambre d’Alexandrie, the Marseille CNNR Orchestre Symphonique,  he appears on worldwide stage and regularly collaborates with globally renowned artists, includingYo-Yo Ma, for recitals or master classes.

9 p.m. – Film screening

With humor, kindness and loads of emotions, The Music Of Strangers tells the story of  outstanding people in the talent, humility and generosity domain, of prodigious musicians coming from the entire world and who gathered up to the initiative of the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. His fame is international, and he has collaborated with the most influential artists.

From the hugest european concert halls to the refugee camps in Jordan, from the Bosphorus shores to the Chinese mountains, these virtuosos have – among them the Kurd singer Aynur and the Iranian kamantché player Kayhan Kalhor, have already been welcomed by the festival – unite their art and their cultures and make the demonstration that with simple ideas and strong convictions, we can change the world.


“ Because at the intersection of cultures come new ideas“, the american cellist Yo-Yo Ma gathered in 2000 fifty musicians coming from countries that got crossed by the ancient silk road.. Thus was the Silk Road Ensemble born, international and an evolutive geometry formationFrom this humanist and nuanced group portrait, which has an exciting soundtrack (awesome concert venues), the American documentary maker Morgan Neville brings out appealing personalities: Yo-Yo Ma, of course, but also The Iranian Kayhan Kalhor and his Kamancheh (Persian fiddle), the Chinese Wu Man and her pipa lute, the playing Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, the Galician Cristina Pato and her gaïta (bagpipes). Five world citizens, convinced that “we can only answer to violence with beauty“  Sophie Bourdais - Telerama