A moving, powerful journey deep into the oldest music in the Western world, guided by the eccentric musicologist who has dedicated his life to understanding & preserving it. An immersive sonic & visual feast that leaves the viewer feeling they've looked into a way of life that the 21st century has left behind. A call to arms for a different way of listening to music, understanding humanity and living as a community.
The world’s oldest mourning song, the mirologi unchanged in the mountain villages of Zagoria, a part of the ancient Greek province of Epirus, close by the Albanian border.
For three days every year, an unceasing festival of song is held there, its purpose: to heal life’s wounds for all who hear it and dance to it. For one man, it became a path from death, back into life.
“Love your life, and live it, but remember the dead, and that you won’t always be here.”
The music of Epirus is played so that people can dance to it, drink and be transported from their troubles, while also remembering their loved ones who have passed on.
"An incredibly enjoyable melodic odyssey, Paul Duane's endlessly curious film travels to Greece searching for the oldest music in the western world."
--𝘎𝘳á𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦 𝘏𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘺𝘴, 𝘋𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘯 𝘐𝘍𝘍 𝘋𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳--
"There's a magnificent match cut at an early juncture of While You Live, Shine -- from a microscopic view of the grooves in the 78 RPM record supplying the film's soundtrack to the craggy landscape of the Greek mountains from which the music comes--that demonstrates in an instant this wonderful documentary's innate understanding of the power of art to transport us."
--𝘙𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘯 𝘋𝘰𝘺𝘭𝘦, 𝘚𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘯--
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 - 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 - 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 – 𝗗𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 – 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸𝗶 𝗗𝗼𝗰 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 – 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗺 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵
𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥 – 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 - 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗸
Film running time: 1h 20m
Format: 16:9 HD
Director: Paul Duane
Producer: Paul Duane
Producer: Nick Franco
Director of Photography: Patrick Jordan
Editor: Tony Cranstoun A.C.E.
Associate Producer: John Williams
CGI FX & Graphics: 1185 Films
Assistant Editors: Jackie Jarvis, Hugh Cannon
Sound Design: Leon O’Neill
𝙒𝙚'𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙬𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙗𝙨𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨: 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙮; 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙛 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙬, 𝙞𝙛 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙨𝙖𝙬.