Zakir And His Friends (1998)

Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland , Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Lutz Leonhardt directed this Swiss-German music-themed documentary that eliminates all commentary or narration in order to present a free flow of visuals as it follows the California-based, Bombay-born tabla master Zakir Hussein through India, on tour, at home, and performing with other musicians. Rhythmic jaunts to other far-flung locations show Japanese taiko drummers, Balinese gamelan players, Venezuelan body percussion, and a Trinidad steel orchestra. Shown at the 1998 Mill Valley Film Festival.