Throw Down Your Heart

Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
Béla Fleck is a virtuoso banjo player who embarks on a personal and cultural journey to Africa to learn about the origins of his beloved instrument -- which did not, contrary to popular belief, originate in backwoods Appalachia. Touring Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali, Fleck jams with some master musicians, duels with a Gambian banjo player, learns about the banjo's ancient history and basks in the pleasure that music affords, a pleasure that transcends cultural boundaries.

Cast:

Director:

Genres: Documentary

Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

Release Date: May 19th, 2008|1 hr. 37 min.

ratings & reviews

view all
critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( )
  • The saving grace of Throw Down Your Heart is Fleck himself, who transcends the contrived unconventionality of the project to emanate a genuine warmth and camaraderie. This extraordinary performer remains shy, soft-spoken, simpatico and as unpretentious as he is talented. show more

  • Part road trip, part music lesson, follows virtuoso musician Béla Fleck on a trip through Africa to reclaim the banjo's roots. It's an entertaining journey, and director Sascha Paladino injects humor and pathos into the musical sequences. show more

  • Through it all, Fleck seems at a loss for words, stumbling through small talk and staring feebly as a Ugandan musician weeps during a song about his dead father. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

featured news

view all

comments

How do you watch stuff?

loading

How else do you watch?

Select your online providers