Here are a couple of interesting short music documentaries made by 'guerrilla filmmaker' Vincent Moon. Vincent Moon (real name Mathieu Saura) is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and sound artist from Paris. He was the main director of the Blogotheque's Take Away Shows, a web-based project recording field work music videos of indie rock related musicians as well as some notable mainstream artists like Tom Jones, R.E.M., and Arcade Fire.
Vincent Moon is now known for traveling around the globe with a camera in his backpack, documenting local folklore, sacred music and religious rituals, for his label Collection Petites Planètes. He works alone or with people he finds on the road, and most of the time without any money involved in the projects. He shares much of his work, films and music recordings, for free on the internet, under Creative Commons licenses.
Under his Petites Planètes project, he explored and recorded traditional music, religious rituals, relationships between music and trance over the five continents. These 'experimental ethnography' films mark a clear departure from his earlier line of work on alternative and indie music scenes – the films are more subtle, the camera more quiet. He relied on local connections everywhere he went and never collaborated with standard production companies, instead working as much as possible with people who contacted him in the years of La Blogothèque.
Vincent has travelled all over the world for his Collection Petites Planètes since 2010, making films with, and of, the local people, and sharing them under a Creative Commons licence on the internet. Collection Petites Planètes is funded almost exclusively through donations on his website, and through the screenings and workshops given during his travels. Rejecting traditional professionalism in favour of twenty-first century amateurism, he collaborates with local creators and young talent all over the world.
The recordings he made in Ethiopia in 2012, under the general title Now Ethiopia, include these two from Harar:
Harari! Eshi Eshi - Traditional women songs from Harar
Illuminations - Sufi rituals in Harar
An exploration of Sufism in Harar, over three nights of Zikris rituals in the 'House of the Prophet' of Awbassor
Images, sounds & edit by Vincent Moon
Produced by Amir Redwan & Vincent Moon
Filmed May 2012, Harar