Documentary directed by Robert Philipson (USA, 2016, 58 min.). Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have created the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews. Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Co-presented with the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Acclaimed singer Andrea Lyman will perform the song “Body and Soul” before the film.
Note that June 3-film passes cannot be redeemed for this film.

Preceded by:

Soy Cubana
Documentary directed by Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov (USA, 2016, 17 mins.). The Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba—the cradle of Afro Cuban music. This documentary explores their unique sound and tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.

Followed by a Q&A with the directors.

Opening Night Ticket Package

Purchase tickets to both opening night films (Body and Soul: An American Bridge and Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic) at a discounted rate of $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Note that June 3-film passes cannot be redeemed for the RIFF opening night films.

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

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