Genghis Blues | 1999

Documentary, Music
Blind San Francisco blues singer Paul Pena goes to the Central Asian Republic of Tuva for a competition of "throat singing," a unique musical form in which a single voice produces multiple different sounds. Previously ...more
Director: Roko Belic
Writers: Roko Belic
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 3 wins | full awards »

Company

Wadi Rum Productions

Production Company

Synopsis

Blind San Francisco blues singer Paul Pena goes to the Central Asian Republic of Tuva for a competition of "throat singing," a unique musical form in which a single voice produces multiple different sounds. Previously unheard outside of Tuva, throatsinging is a traditional form in the isolated republic. Pena was honored by the Tuvan people and became friends with Kongar-ol Ondar, a Tuvan singer. This is a story about exploration and friendship, the story of a man whose struggle in life is not defined by conformity and rules, but by an unquenchable curiosity and love of music.

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