59 All the World's a Stage

All the World's a Stage (59)

19:00, Friday 03nd July, Theatre B


  • Director: Nirmal Chander (IND)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 60'
  • Format: DVCAM, PAL

“We are often called 'Negroes'… People shout, ‘Hey, darkie! Come here.’ ”

The Sidis came to India from East Africa 800 years ago. Centuries of discrimination have pushed them down the socio-economic ladder but their unique devotional music has given them a strong sense of identity.

All The World's A Stage weaves together the lives and aspirations of a motley group of men who form an internationally successful performance group called SIDI GOMA. The film celebrates the joyous energy of their songs and dances, while tracing their struggle to survive in a world that threatens to marginalize them even further. 

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