I just recently found a website for a movie called Far Western, put out by This Land Press in my home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Even though I am not very interested in country music, the cultural ties between the place where I grew up and the place that I currently call my home, half a world away, really grabbed my interest.
A quick description of the movie, from the website:
Far Western is a feature documentary film that tells the phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan. Nearly 70 years later, for a devoted group the music has become a lifelong obsession. Part music history and part character portrait, Far Western is told through the lives of musicians, fans, and live-music venue owners. Set both in modern Japan and the American South, the film explores the uncanny ability of a simple form of music to cross geographic and language barriers, forming a strange cultural bridge between the two countries. Now, these Japanese musicians have made their own pilgrimages back to America, to the birthplace of the music, playing in honky-tonks and festivals in America.
Please visit the website and check out the trailer there. I’m looking forward to seeing the final product!