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Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise + Short Film

Years ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. For this intimate portrait Robert Mugge spent two years shooting Sun Ra and members of his jazz Arkestra in a wide variety of situations.

 

Short film screening alongside this feature film: Momma Don’t Allow

A film from the 1950s’ Free Cinema movement, Momma Don’t Allow (Dirs Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson/GB 1956/22 min) captures a night out at the Wood Green Jazz Club.