Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love
Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009)

As one of two major documentaries on hotly debated Senegalese world musician Youssou N'Dour to emerge within a year of one another (see also Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gor (C)e), this particular chronicle was produced and shot over… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 12, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It never gets close enough to its subject, and it's curiously light on music, but this documentary is nonetheless a long-overdue tribute to a brilliant musician.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

By far the most powerful element is N'Dour's lone voice, a thing of high, pure beauty that feels at once ancient and new. When he sings, an otherwise earnestly conventional film becomes a vehicle of incantatory power.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Youssou N'Dour is a beautiful film to watch as it unfolds the life of N'Dour and, by extension, the lives of millions of West Africans who are anonymous to many in the West.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inspirational concert film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This documentary by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi could have used more music for my taste, and fewer talking heads. But it's absorbing all the same. N'Dour is the sort of humanitarian bridge that we need in a world so sharply divided.

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Ann Powers
Los Angeles Times

N'Dour is the film's unstoppable force, handsome and radiating joy. He's the kind of performer who is larger than life but always seems like one of the family.

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Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News

When the music starts playing, it's easy to forgive the film's flaws.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

Be sure to stay through the closing credits as the scenes of Senegalese life act as a captivating coda to a film pulsing with music and memory.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Although his movie often resembles the kind of promotional video one might find as an extra on a concert DVD, N'Dour in full throttle is a sight, and sound, to behold.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An inspiring and edifying cinematic exploration of the power of music and the soul of a big-hearted African Sufi singer who has used his exceptional talent and creativity to make a better world.

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