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October Documentaries

Saturdays in October


Every Saturday in October, Stingray Brava audiences will discover previously unaired documentaries. The series kick off with two of the biggest stars in classical music: Gustav Mahler and Gustavo Dudamel. This special series broadcast on Stingray Brava ends on October 27 with Americans in Pyongyang, a documentary that follows the musicians of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra during their 2008 historic appearance in Pyongyang. 

Saturday, October 6 at 21:00 CEST | My Time Will Come - About Gustav Mahler

Filmmaker Beate Thalberg has put together a docudrama based on a precious but little-known source of information on Gustav Mahler: the diaries of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, Mahler’s long-time confidante. For her film, Thalberg gained exclusive access to Bauer-Lechner’s original diaries, which until now were inaccessible to the public. Taking the form of a feature film while remaining true to the writings of the diarist, the film depicts Mahler’s private and professional life, from his student years in Vienna to his marriage with Alma Schindler, and draws the portrait of the man behind the artist, testifying not only to Mahler's erratic character and humor, but also to his incessant quest for recognition as a composer. Besides Vienna, the film stops in Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, and beautiful Lake Attersee, where Mahler and Bauer-Lechner spent some of their most intimate moments.

Saturday, October 13 at 21:00 | The Promise of Music    

This concert, delivered by the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, under the direction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel as part of the Beethovenfest in Bonn, was one of the highlights of 2007. More than 200 young musicians between the ages of 10 and 24, many of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds, performed with an electrifying energy under the baton of this young conductor destined for a brilliant career. Enrique Sánchez Lansch's captivating 90-minute documentary The Promise of Music follows Dudamel and his orchestra in Caracas, and accompanies them on their journey to Europe. The film also features commentaries by renowned musicians such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Saturday, October 20 at 21:00| Gozaran - Passing Time    

In this 2011 documentary, director Frank Scheffer follows the passionate Iranian avant-garde composer Nader Mashayekhi at the head of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 2005. After 30 years of exile in Vienna, Mashayekhi returns to his country natal, decided to revive classical and contemporary Western music then shunned by the Iranian Islamic regime. Wishing to lead a symphony orchestra composed mostly of women, Mashayekhi quickly ran into a dictatorial government, opposed to the art and emancipation of women, where classical music is not a sinecure. Barely two years later, Mashayekhi is back in Austria, his suitcase full of disillusionment. He takes stock of his life, reflects on the meaning of music and poetry, and shares his impossible but unshakable love for his native Iran.

Saturday, October 27 at 21:00 | Americans in Pyongyang    

In summer 2007 the New York Philharmonic received an invitation that was unprecedented in the orchestra's history. North Korea, the world's most isolated and secluded country and technically at war with the United States, invited the orchestra to play in the capital of Pyongyang. Just a few months later, two hundred orchestra members and more than one hundred journalists disembarked from a chartered plane at Pyongyang's deserted airport. They were about to experience a historic moment, the first-ever performance by an American orchestra in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The film 'Americans in Pyongyang' accompanies the orchestra members on their historic trip to Pyongyang in February 2008.