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Genghis Blues
Released
on Videocassette and DVD

 

Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar

DOCURAMA TO RELEASE 
THE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY 
GENGHIS BLUES,
THE STORY OF A BLIND BLUES MUSICIAN'S DISCOVERY OF AN
ANCIENT ART FORM AND HIS JOURNEY TO A LOST LAND

DEBUTS ON DVD AND VHS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2000 

Docurama is pleased to announce the release of Genghis Blues on Tuesday, December 5th. The documentary, which follows blind blues musician Paul Pena on a musical, cultural and spiritual journey, was nominated for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and has been honored at both national and international film festivals. Added features exclusive to the DVD are: previously unseen concert footage, a running commentary by filmmakers Roko and Adrian Belic, an interview with the filmmakers, interactive menu and web links to affiliated organizations and websites. Genghis Blues will be in stores on Tuesday, December 5th.

Paul Pena who has played with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Bonnie Raitt among others, became fascinated by Tuvan "throatsinging" the first time he heard it over his short wave radio. Requiring a single vocalist to produce multiple vocal tones, "throatsinging" is difficult to master, but with time Pena excelled. He eventually traveled to Tuva (between Siberia and Mongolia), where he, with the encouragement of masters of the ancient art, became the only non-Tuvan ever to be named "throatsinging champion" in the country's yearly contest. Genghis Blues is the first feature by filmmakers and brothers Roko and Adrian Belic.

Docurama, distributed by New Video, is the first label dedicated exclusively to critically acclaimed and cutting edge documentaries and brings such celebrated films to the DVD and home video marketplace as D A Pennebaker's classic Dont Look Back, and the award-winning PBS series, An American Love Story. As the exclusive distributor for the A&E Home Video label, New Video is best known for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the best-selling Original Avengers Collection, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and A&E's critically acclaimed documentaries, including 1999's Academy‚ Award nominee The Farm: Life inside Angola Prison. New Video also distributes the MTM library of classic television.

Suggested retail price for Genghis Blues: $29.95 (DVD) and $24.95 (VHS).
To order this or any Docurama Product, please call 1-800-314-8822.

 

Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar

 

Friends of Tuva note: This video release is available via the Tuva Trader online.