Hanoi to screen documentary Insurgentes

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Insurgentes a documentary which follows English musician Steven Wilson on a global journey for musical inspiration will be screened at the Hanoi Cinematheque on May 30 and 31.

The film draws its title from an album Wilson released in 2008. The musician is best known as the founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree.

Wilson travels to Mexico, Sweden, England, Finland, Holland, the USA and Denmark during the documentary, which is currently being screened all over the world at numerous independent film festivals.

During the course of the film, Wilson tests various ways to destroy iPods, as a protest against how the MP3 format reduces the experience of the listener.

"I really wonder if people realize what shit they are listening to when they listen to an MP3," worries Steven Wilson, who compares the final result of such audio compression with someone who is staring at a photocopy of a painting in an Art Gallery.

The methods of destruction include a sledgehammer, a blowtorch, a rifle and a wood chipper.

"My fear is that the current generation of kids who're being born into this information revolution, growing up with the Internet, cell phones, iPods, this download culture, "˜American Idol,' reality TV, prescription drugs, PlayStations "” all of these things kind of distract people from what's important about life, which isto develop a sense of curiosity about what's out there," Wilson is quoted as saying in a promotional release.

Steven Wilson, 45, is a self-taught producer, audio engineer, guitarist and keyboard player.

Tickets cost VND50, 000 and are currently on sale at the Hanoi Cinematheque (open from2pm 9pm everyday), 22A Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi.

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