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Norient documentary festival begins today

Musikfilm Festival starts in Bern today with Hot Sugar’s Cold World

The eighth Norient Musikfilm Festival launches in Bern today (12 January) with its evening showing of Hot Sugar’s Cold World. Adam Bhola Lough’s 2015 documentary, focusing on electronic musician Hot Sugar’s scurrilous beat encounters with the likes of Jim Jarmusch, opens a festival strand entitled Visions Of A New World: Realism And Romance – one of several themes examined over four nights of documentaries, films and music clips. The screenings span rap in Tunisia; prison reggae and dancehall in Kingston, Jamaica; Hispanic punk in Los Angeles, sexism in the context of favela funk; Chicago footwork; East European music clips, stoner rock in the California desert; plus the Sahel Sounds label’s African desert music explorations, and much more.

Also featuring are an audiovisual performance by Lithuania’s JG Biberkopf, as well as live music and DJ sets – all part of the Swiss based organisation Norient’s celebration of “sounds and noises from around the planet” that fall outside the curatorial gridlock restricting the perception of music worldwide. Happening over four nights at Bern’s Reitschule cinema, with extra events in Bern as well as nearby Lausanne and St Gallen, the festival runs parallel to Seismographic Sounds: Visions Of A New World, the exhibition Norient has been touring this past year on the back of its book of the same name, which is now running at Kornhausforum Bern.

The Musikfilm festival itself runs until 15 January, more information can be found at their website.