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Film Institute presents ‘Throw Down Your Heart’

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 | Posted by


Bela Fleck plays the banjo in the documentary film “Throw Down Your Heart.” (courtesy of Sonoma Film Institute)

Sonoma Film Institute presents “Throw Down Your Heart,” an award-winning documentary exploring the African roots of the banjo, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

The 2008 film follows banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck as he journeys through Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali in search of the instrumental influence on folk, bluegrass and country music in America.

Fleck encounters an array of African languages and cultural traditions, but finds cross-cultural musical collaborations with both talented amateurs and international stars—a testament to music’s ability to connect people across superficial divides.

Film screenings at SSU’s Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall. Free for SSU students. General admission is $6; $5 for non-SSU students and seniors; $4 for SFI members and children under 12.

For more information or for a complete schedule of events, visit sonoma.edu/sfi or call 664-2606.

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