Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart Directed by Sascha Paladino, 2008
When world-renowned banjoist Béla Fleck realized that his instrument had lost its musical heritage, he decided to make a pilgrimage to Africa to rediscover the banjo’s folk music roots.
Overflowing with the incredible music of Fleck and the many celebrated folk musicians who hosted him in Africa, BÉLA FLECK: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART follows the banjo virtuoso on a musical adventure that takes him from Uganda to Tanzania and from the Gambia to Mali. As he travels through the continent to research the history of the banjo and record an album with some of Africa’s finest musicians-and, in his words, “to make great music.” Fleck discovers the rich and diverse musical traditions of Africa, as well as the warmth and generosity of its people.
Through its stunning location footage, enthusiastic jam sessions, and hauntingly beautiful music, director Sascha Paladino’s multi-award-winning BÉLA FLECK: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART captures one of the world’s greatest musicians demonstrating how music transcends languages, cultures and continents.
Audio Commentary with Bela Fleck and Director Sascha Paladino; Deleted Scenes and Musical Performances