As a prelude to the Regina Folk Festival which runs Aug. 8-10 in Victoria Park, the RPL Theatre is screening two music-themed documentaries this weekend.
This Ain’t No Mouse Music tells the story of Chris Strachwitz, who immigrated from Germany to the U.S. as a teenager in 1947, and went on to do yeoman work as founder of Arhoolie Records in recording and bringing to wider attention roots music encompassing jazz, blues, zydeco, Tex-Mex and more. The film screens tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Friday and Sunday at 9 p.m.
The second movie is Last Song Before The War. It’s a documentary about a music festival that was held annually in the African country of Mali to celebrate peace and reconciliation until 2011, when militants overran northern Mali and made conditions unsafe for musicians and fans alike.
Last Song Before The War screens tonight and Saturday at 9 p.m. and Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Here’s the trailer: