ABOUT THE FILM

From the Margaret Mead Film Festival:

"Inspired by their grandmother’s vivid accounts of her WWII-era childhood, first-time sibling filmmakers Aldona (director) and Julian Watts (cinematographer) travel to Lithuania with family. They arrive in Dainava, a region known as the “Land of Songs,” where they meet a sprightly group of women who have kept their village’s ancient folk-singing tradition vibrant and essential through decades of war, occupation, and youth flight. When the filmmakers return years later, only five of the grandmothers are still alive. Land of Songs is a tender, poetic record of the lives of these remarkable women and an eloquent testament to heritage—and to the universal language of folk music."

The filmmakers in traditional dress circa 1994.

The filmmakers in traditional dress circa 1994.

 

Land of Songs premiered in 2015 at the Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania, and at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where it received the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Honorable Mention. It received the Audience Award at the 2016 Chicago European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It was selected for the Independent Filmmaker Project's 2014 Spotlight on Documentaries at Film Week in New York and is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.