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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Sounds Like the Sound of Music

Directed by Bruce Yonemoto

Peru / 2005 / 14 mins / Quechua / Color / 4:3, D-Cinema

Plays In:
Pink House, Pink Home

Downtown Independent
April 29, 2017 11:30 am


This digital film is a tender recreation of the opening scenes from the 1965 film of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” in which a young boy sings a translation of the title song lyrics in scenes restaged in a mountainous South American landscape. Sounds Like the Sound of Music is an apt title for the piece, as the viewer has to watch the video twice before coming to this understanding. Yonemoto’s recreation rises above mere parody or satire. Instead, his restaging with an Andean youth as the central figure is a tender means to question issues of representation, place, and opportunity. However, it is not apparent to the typical gallery viewer that the language the young boy sings is the disappearing indigenous Incan language of Quechua, which is also the language George Lucas chose for his villain Jabba the Hut in Star Wars.

Director's Bio

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a body of work which positions itself within the overlapping intersections of the gallery world and the cinema screen. Yonemoto has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. In January 2017 he had a film retrospective at the Tate Modern, London. Bruce is Professor of Art, UC Irvine.


Producers: Bruce Yonemoto, Carlos Battilana, Walter Aparicio
Director: Bruce Yonemoto
Cinematographer: Carlos Wilson
Music Arrangement: Mayo Thompson
Singer: Bruce Yonemoto

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Plays In:
Pink House, Pink Home

Downtown Independent
April 29, 2017 11:30 am