They Came to Play (2008)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music  |   Release Date - Aug 13, 2010 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Perry Seibert

Every year, the Van Cliburn Association hosts an international piano contest specifically for amateurs. This documentary showcases some of the people who compete in the endeavor, many of whom face remarkable struggles in order to do so. There are AIDS patients, drug addicts, and political refugees who not only survive their circumstances, but use their experiences to breathe life into their music.

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amateur, competition, piano