Wed Apr 11, 2007 by Anil Kalhan
NYC FILM: Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music, Apr 22, 2007 @ 8:00pm
Combining music documentary and social documentary, MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music charts the meteoric rise of Asian music in 1990s Britain, as well as the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up to that historic moment. Shot independently on digital video over the course of seven years, MUTINY features Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental and a host of other British musicians of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi descent, presenting these artists and their music at extreme close range.
Through its dynamic mix of live performances, candid interviews and seldom-seen archival footage, MUTINY presents the story of a generation that grew up in the 1970s and 80s, defining itself in an environment of racial violence while drawing strength from both British street culture and South Asian roots. The artists who emerged from this generation became some of the greatest innovators in British music, mixing the influences of their parents’ cultures with electronica, hip-hop, reggae and punk and producing unique and powerful new sounds.
MUTINY follows these musicians from their early forays in music and activism through their negotiation of record deals and press attention during the “Asian Underground” hype of the mid 1990s, to dealing with the loss of industry backing by the end of the decade. MUTINY’S artists are undeterred, pushing forward with their music and laying the foundation for the next generation. Outspoken and uncompromising, they remain in command throughout this fast-paced and uplifting feature.
Special post-screening discussion with Asian Dub Foundation’s Steve Savale and Mutiny Director Vivek Bald, moderated by reknowned music journalist Vivien Goldman, author of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers Album of the Century.
2003; 77 min.; Directed by Vivek Bald; Produced by Claire Shanley and Vivek Bald w/ Skin Deep, 2001; Dir. Yousaf Ali Khan
Sunday April 22, 8pm
Cantor Film Center
New York University
36 E. 8th St. @ University Pl.
FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-serve; doors open 15 minutes prior to screening.
Post-screening party at Leela Lounge, One West 3rd Street at Broadway.
This screening is part of a three-day festival, “Emergences and Emergencies: New South Asian FIlm-making from Britain”, April 20-22 at Cantor Film Center, curated by New York University’s Sukhdev Sandhu. For more information, visit http://www.apa.nyu.edu.