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  1. Reel Time Film Series: Small Island Big Song

    November 29, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Travel the world via the annual Reel Time Film Series hosted by the City of Holland’s International Relations Commission (IRC) and Hope College. This FREE film series runs Tuesday nights in November at the Knickerbocker Theatre. 

    Small Island Big Song is a collaboration of artists of the  Pacific and Indian Oceans, a timely musical statement from the frontline of the Climate Crisis. Filmmakers spent three years visiting artists on their homelands, recording with their guidance in nature, sharing songs from island to island. The outcomes include two award-winning albums, a feature film, educational programs, and a live concert that has toured around the world across four continents reaching over 200K+ live audiences since the world premiere at SXSW 2018.

    Small Island Big Song explores the cultural connections of the vast ocean through the Austronesian migration. Working with artists who have made a choice to maintain the cultural voice of their people, to sing in the language, and to play the instruments of their land. These unique lineages mixed with their diverse contemporary styles - roots-reggae, beats, grunge, RnB, folk & spoken-word, establishing a contemporary musical dialogue between cultures as far afield as Madagascar, Aotearoa, Taiwan, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti and Rapa Nui, creating "One coherent jaw dropping piece" as described by Rob Schwartz - Billboard.

    *There will be a virtual Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. 

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