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  • Summary: Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is veryThrow Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today. (Argot Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    83
    Meeting at the intersection of cinema, history and ethnomusicology.
  2. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    75
    Part road trip, part music lesson, follows virtuoso musician Béla Fleck on a trip through Africa to reclaim the banjo's roots. It's an entertaining journey, and director Sascha Paladino injects humor and pathos into the musical sequences.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Roberts
    70
    The saving grace of Throw Down Your Heart is Fleck himself, who transcends the contrived unconventionality of the project to emanate a genuine warmth and camaraderie. This extraordinary performer remains shy, soft-spoken, simpatico and as unpretentious as he is talented.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Sascha Paladino's overlong but engaging doc about banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck's harmonious journey through four African countries.
  5. Reviewed by: Laura Bennett
    63
    Through it all, Fleck seems at a loss for words, stumbling through small talk and staring feebly as a Ugandan musician weeps during a song about his dead father.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    50
    For the most part, Fleck doesn't seem particularly intrigued on finding the banjo’s African heritage – the film offers little in the way of historic value in understanding the origin of the instrument.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    Fleck fails to provide any personal charisma, although the music is infectious.

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