Sound and Screen: Jazz Film Festival
As a complement to the two Paper Moon jazz concerts and three music masterclasses, Impress Creative and Editorial teams up with Hikayat to present Sound and Screen, a mini-festival of three recent award-winning jazz films. We begin with The United States vs Billie Holiday, a searing drama of the struggles of the great Billie Holiday with fame, addiction and political harassment. We then move on to a brilliant documentary chronicling the story of perhaps the most iconic of all jazz recording labels, Blue Note Records: an immaculate portrait of outstanding musicians and a label’s mission to take jazz to the world. We round off with the critical and box office hit Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Set in the 1920s, the film is a biographical drama focusing on the life of the influential American blues singer and recording artist Ma Rainey.
1 December 2021 — The United States vs Billie Holiday
Dir. Lee Daniels | 2021 | 126 mins (Feature film)
starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund
An outstanding biopic that follows the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday during a career that brought her both triumph and troubles.
Winner, Best Actress, Golden Globes
‘Day invests her performance with a vibrant strength that cannot be quelled’ — Mark Kermode, The Observer
2 December 2021 — Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Dir. Sophie Huber | USA | 2018 | 95 mins (Documentary)
A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of all time.
Winner, Jury Prize, Richmond International Film Festival
‘a pristine doc of tonal clarity’ — Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
3 December 2021 — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Dir. George C. Wolfe | USA | 2020 | 94 mins (Feature film)
starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman
Tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session.
Winner, Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Awards
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is pure art, just as beautiful as it is heartbreaking’ — Arionne Nettles, Chicago Reader
Screenings and refreshments RM15
Advanced booking is essential
T: 04 261 9001 (Hikayat)
04 261 8001 (Gerakbudaya Bookshop @ Hikayat)
* Only those who are fully vaccinated (having received the second dose of vaccine after 14 days, or after 28 days for single-dose vaccines) are allowed to enter.
* Only children aged 13 years and above are allowed to enter.