In 1992 viola player Rosemary Nalden founded the Buskaid Music School in Soweto township. Soweto Strings shows Rosemary as a demanding but beloved mentor, inspired by the whole-hearted way that the students have embraced classical music. Following the progress of one concert, this truly uplifting film also reveals the difficult lives of many of the students; how working in an orchestra has given them a sense of community and structure, and in one case, a passport to a better life.
Documentary telling the story of a British music teacher's adventure in the black township of Soweto in South Africa, enabling kids to transcend the constraints of their environment and find hope through creative involvement in music. In 1992 viola player Rosemary Nalden founded the Buskaid Music School, which struggles to keep going on little funding but which has established itself as a centre of excellence. The film shows Rosemary's work and follows the development of a small group of pupils.
Buskaid - Helping young black musicians in South African Townships
This film originally aired as part of Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV highlighting unique and groundbreaking international documentary films. Each week features the U.S. television premiere of a new foreign doc, offering American audiences unprecedented perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe. The series also provides a unique outlet for films by independent directors and producers to reach a much wider international audience.
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