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Mariposa: Under a Stormy Sky

1991

The film celebrates the spirit of the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, and the folk music movement of the 1960s.

The film captures the excitement of Mariposa performers who draw on traditional roots to explore new and exciting musical directions, featuring outstanding performances by country star Emmylou Harris, blues great Buddy Guy, super-producer turned singer Daniel Lanois, and the powerful, uplifting singing and dancing of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens from Soweto, South Africa.

Also featured are Gospel masters The Dixie Hummingbirds, Cajun rockers Wayne Toups Zydecajun, singer-songwriter Wille P. Bennett, "anti-folk" artist Cindy Lee Berryhill, "folk-punk" band The Violent Femmes, folk rockers The Leslie Spit Treeo, the soaring vocals and violin of Fat Man Waving, and Canadian folk veteran Murray McLaughlin.

The show combines performance and interviews to explore today's Roots music, its relationship to other musical forms, and its connections with the folk movement of the 60s. This is brought to life through rare archival footage of the 60s and vintage performances by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Ian and Sylvia, The Travellers, Buddy Guy, and Richie Havens.

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