The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

From the director of the Oscar (R)-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary story of the renowned… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 10, 2016
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble offers a thrilling and too-rare glimpse of art's power to bridge personal and cultural divides.

Robert Harris
Globe and Mail

Neville never really convinces us that the beauty of the Silk Road's performances can change the world, but he does show that the music has changed the world of the performers themselves.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

What drives the narrative is the musicians' mutual desire to forge meaningful connections across cultures, an affirmative answer to Leonard Bernstein's question of whether music can truly serve as a "universal language."

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

No documentary on this subject could be wholly without merit, but The Music of Strangers is at best an introduction for audiences who will want to learn and hear much more.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ma's project and Neville's film celebrate the joy that can be achieved when people put aside their regional differences to create something joyous.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"Strangers" offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

[Filmmaker Morgan Neville] knows a great music doc needs to feature not only wonderful music, but also dynamic personalities to perform it, and The Music of Strangers is incredibly rich in both.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Commendable intentions be damned; one can't hear the music for the self-applauding.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's compelling, and of course the music, taken from all parts of the world and played by musicians on every sort of instrument, is intriguing.

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Diane Carson
KDHX (St. Louis)

Director Morgan Neville's documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble exuberantly celebrates global music.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It lacks enough music and a clear focus, as it tries to talk about too many things at the same time and only becomes scattered, but at least the musicians'… More
John Ballantine
An interesting look at an array of performers gathered by Yo Yo Ma in a grand experiment which could easily have gone off the rails but instead turns into… More