You are Invited to Join
the Central Asian Studies Society and Turkish Circle
for a Special Screening of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film:
(1999) Directed by Roko Belic, 88 minutes
The University of Chicago
Wednesday, April 13
Cobb Hall, Room 210
At once whimsical and profound, Genghis Blues chronicles the journey of blind blues legend Paul Pena as he discovers the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and participates in the national competition. Belic’s brand of freestyle filmmaking brings an infectious energy to this documentary, which is both a powerful, personal portrait of a musician and the story of a unique cultural exchange. Where Pena suffers personal injustice from being black and disabled at home, he experiences overwhelming acceptance, respect, and admiration in Tuva. Belic’s playfully earnest camera captures Pena’s excitement as he travels through the country, experiencing the drama of competition, witnessing spectacular performances, and astounding audiences with his musical ability.Genghis Blues is a testament to the transformative powers of music.