Directed By: Michael R. Faulkner
Presented By:Michael R. Faulkner
Run Time: 85 Minutes
Starring: [documentary subjects] Dominic Shodekeh Talifero, Kongar-ool Ondar, Alash Ensemble

FRIDAY SCREENING ADDED! 11:10am Friday 5/6, Baltimore Museum of Art! Our Friday screening will also feature a one-time reprise of our Opening Night Cuban-music short documentary, Soy Cubana (17 minutes)!

Anyone who attended the MDFF 2010 screening of the Oscar-winning Music By Prudence will never forget the live musical performance that immediately followed the screening. Among other performers, led by Prudence herself, audiences were astonished by a local beatboxer and vocal percussionist, Dominic Talifero, known as “Shodekeh.”

In this beautiful, lyrical film by Michael R. Faulkner, we go on an incredible journey with Shodekeh that takes us to the remote Tuva region of southern Siberia, and to a musical world few of us know. Interested in creating “an oasis of unity through musical collaboration,” Shodekeh had been specially invited by the great Alash Ensemble to participate in an international gathering and meet the legendary Tuvan singer Kongar-ool Ondar.

Xöömei, or Tuvan throat singing, produces two or more pitches at once. The vocal performances seem to emerge out of nowhere—you’ll literally be in the middle of a scene, thrilled by the sounds you’re hearing, only to realize that one of the people on camera is producing those phenomenal sounds. At a time when globalization is often described in threatening ways, it is thrilling to go on this distant cross- cultural journey with Shodekeh and think about the possible oasis of unity ahead. (Jed Dietz)

Director Bio

Michael R. Faulkner is a Baltimore-based filmmaker, writer, location scout, and improv artist. He has worked on countless film, television, and commercial sets, including Rocket Science, Ladder 49, and John Waters’ A Dirty Shame, and worked as a locations manager for The Wire. His journey with Shodekeh began when he heard him do a long drum roll in a bar in Baltimore. Shu-de! is his first feature documentary. 

Thursday May 5th, 2016 at 9:55pm Friday May 6th, 2016 at 11:10am Sunday May 8th, 2016 at 4:35pm