“You have those moments when you think: somebody should make a film about that,” says British writer/director Andy Jones, recalling when he heard that the famous Tanzanian Taarab singer Bi Kudude, at 102 the oldest still performing in world music, had been kidnapped. And with so much archive material he had amassed for his 2006 documentary about the Zanzibari legend, AS OLD AS MY TONGUE, Jones realised that “maybe that someone should be me.”
So began an investigation, which turned into a musical odyssey, ending with Kidude’s funeral in 2013 and featuring some great performances along the way. Kidude’s family claimed it wasn’t her money they were after when they spirited her away, but an effort to save her ailing health by stopping her performing - a plan that wasn’t entirely successful!
I SHOT BI KIDUDE feels both familiar and exotic. Part love story, part drama, and part reflection on the enduring impact of fame and film, it is a reminder to people everywhere to do what makes us happy, while we can.
This special screening features a Q&A with Newcastle-based director of I SHOT BI KIDUDE Andy Jones.
When: Thursday 07 April, 6pm – c.8pm
Where: Tyneside Cinea (Roxy, 3rd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.
Tickets are available from Tyneside Cinema’s Box Office in person, by phone (on 0191 227 5500) or online.