Beloved Youth of Many Days: Stories About Mlimani Park Orchestra, directed by Dr. Frank Gunderson, Professor of Musicology, will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Askew Student Life Center.
The film features rehearsal and performance footage, archival stills and interviews with band members, fans, producers, managers, media personalities and political figures, including the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. Edited with a musician’s timing, the film weaves the past and present to create an all-encompassing profile of the Mlimani Park Orchestra.
Gunderson completed the film after receiving the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award, the most prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Scholars Programs, and spent 10 months in Tanzania researching dance music history in the East African nation. The film has won multiple prizes and has been accepted at more than 20 film festivals.