The Land of Songs

Description

In a region of Lithuania known as "The Land of Songs," five sprightly grandmothers are the guardians of their small village's ancient folk singing tradition. Their songs have been passed down through the generations, surviving wave upon wave of war and occupation. But with the young people now leaving the village to seek work in the cities or abroad, the grandmothers face the realization that they may be the last voices of this oral tradition. The lingering twilights of summer turn into the long dark nights of fall, and on the eve of the November "Day of the Dead" holiday, the grandmothers sing amongst the graves of their ancestors. One question hangs heavy in each note: Will their songs soon be lost forever?

As one granddaughter learns about the village's troubled past, she begins to discover the importance of her grandmother's songs as chronicles of history, acts of resistance and deep expressions of mourning, healing and joy.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Aldona Watts (director/coproducer) is a multimedia producer and director working in Brooklyn and her native San Francisco. She graduated from New York University with an Interdisciplinary BA in Gender Studies and Art & Media Studies. She has produced audio documentaries, directed youth programs in broadcast media and managed an online youth radio station. She hosted and produced a punk radio show broadcasting in New York City on WNYU FM and in Vilnius, Lithuania on Start FM and served as Director of Engineering at WNYU FM. She is a co-organizer of Her Girl Friday, a Brooklyn-based group that produces events for women in journalism and nonfiction storytelling. Land of Songs is her first feature-length documentary film.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Lithuania, USA
  • Language(s): Lithuanian, English
  • Year: 2014
  • Running time: 90 minutes
  • Director(s): Aldona Watts
  • Producer(s): Aldona Watts, Julian Watts
  • Cinematographer(s): Julian Watts, James Kennard
  • Editor(s): Nicholas Berger
  • Music: Vidmantas Bartulis
  • Website: http://www.landofsongs.com

FSP 1452