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Aterúe: the singers from elsewhere

Four New England vocalists reverse-engineer the ancient tradition of Sardinian throat-singing but get in over their heads when a Youtube video of their first performance goes viral—in Sardinia. Aterúe: The Singers from Elsewhere follows the American quartet’s unexpected journey to Sardinia and its deepening involvement with a living if precarious folk culture. The film is a tale of first encounters between the first non-Sardinians to sing in this mysterious throat-singing quartet style and the Sardinian world that embraces them.  Capturing the sounds and sights of relationships forged across languages, cultures, and generations through a shared attachment to the music, Aterúe celebrates the vitality of this stubbornly insular Sardinian world and its capacity to survive due, in part, to its openness to the forces of elsewhere.

  • Rufus Paisley
  • Doug Paisley
  • Rufus Paisley
  • Douglas Paisley
    Key Cast
  • Carl Linich
    Key Cast
  • Gideon Crevoshay
    Key Cast
  • Avery Book
    Key Cast
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    Music, Travel, Internet
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 6 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Rufus Paisley

Rufus Paisley studied new media art at Bard College and has since been working as a designer, animator, and editor in Los Angeles. He has edited and helped shape other short documentaries, but this is his first feature film. In 2017, he was awarded Best Editing of a Documentary at the Milan International Filmmaker Festival for his work on "A New End"

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