La Paloma. The Melody of Longing. Worldwide. (2008)

Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmmaker Sigrid Faltin explores the rich history of the song &La Paloma" in this documentary tracing the rich history of Sebastián de Iradier's enduring ballad. &La Paloma" is one of those songs that everyone has heard, but no one seems to quite remember. Composed in the Basque country in the 1860s, the tune would subsequently be adapted in a variety of languages, each interpretation somehow transforming the song's original meaning. Some listeners interpret &La Paloma" as a heart-wrenching ballad, while others hear a political call to action or even an executioner's song. In order to explore the shifting meaning of &La Paloma", director Faltin travels the globe from Cuba to Tanzania, constantly searching for new meaning in a timeless song.