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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Morgan Neville

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About the Movie

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" and the critically-hailed "Best of Enemies", follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If the screen went dark during "The Music of Strangers," that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy. – Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, Jun 9, 2016

Fresh: "The Music of Strangers" is an aural celebration that's about using the past to break free of boundaries. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Jun 9, 2016

Fresh: Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 9, 2016

Rotten: These are all appealing and interesting folks, and it would be nice to have a beer with any of them (I have in fact done so in one case). From the filmmaker, one expects a little more. – Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 23, 2016

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Customer Reviews


It is a wonderful story about how widely different cultures can come together around a common passion and create something beautiful!


This documentary came on right as I was about to go to bed. My review may be biased only because I love Classical and world music. However, I was so enthralled that, I stayed up all night to finish watching it. If you have a passion for music, then you have to watch this film.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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