As part of the 12th Festival of Jewish Cultures: "Audace!
Screening of Jérôme Blumberg’s documentary Simha (2015, 78 min, produced by Le Miroir, CNRS Images, CINAPS TV).
Simha Arom, world-renowned ethnomusicologist, has spent fifty years of his life collecting, studying and deciphering the mechanisms of traditional music, in particular the magnificent polyphonies of the Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic.
Jérome Blumberg has been filming Simha Arom’s work since 1990. His film is based on the memories of the ethnomusicologist: his childhood during the war, his determination to learn music. It also looks at his current activity, his approach to ethnomusicology, which is very particular because he has always emphasized fieldwork, and finally his own musical practice. It’s a journey that has guided his life. This is the story the director offers the viewer, constructing the film as a musical piece, a score for multiple voices.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Simha Arom, Jérôme Blumberg, Gabriel Chabanier, producer of the documentary, and Hervé Roten, director of the Institut Européen des Musiques Juives.
A polyphonic concert by the Gamako group will bring this unique event to a close.