31 August 2018 Screening: 'flight Of The Condor' - 13 Sept, 6:30pm Screening: Flight of the Condor - 13 Sept, 6:30pm

Elphinstone Institute Ethnographic Film Series

'The Flight of the Condor: A Letter, a Song, and the Story of Intangible Cultural Heritage'

Directed by Valdimar Hafstein and Áslaug Einarsdóttir

Venue: MacRobert Building Room 051, University of Aberdeen
Cost: Free admission (open to all)
Q&A: Screening followed by video link-up with director Valdimar Hafstein


The Flight of the Condor traces the global circulation of the melody 'El Condor Pasa' from the Andes mountains to global metropoles; from Lima to Paris to New York, and back; from panpipes to piano and from symphony orchestras to the disco; from indigenous to popular music; and from world music back to national heritage. Some of the protagonists are: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Alomía Robles, Alan Lomax, Los Incas, the Cerro de Pasco Copper Company, the Victor Talking Machine Corporation, the Falangist Socialist Party of Bolivia, Chuck Berry, NASA, WIPO and UNESCO.

The film shows how individual personalities and states can shape texts that become the foundation of global narratives, and how propositions made for a particular local reason become global instruments with entirely different effects in other corners of the world.

Unpacking the global/local dialectic, the film is a case study in paradox; it analyses the prehistory of international heritage/copyright norms, the way that prehistory travels in oral and written circulation, and the enduring problems it points to in the implementation of these norms.

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