Coming to DVD next Tuesday, January 23:
WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE
IDFA, CPH:DOX, Sheffield, Edinburgh, BAFICI, Docs Against Gravity, Chicago, Vancouver, Guth Gafa
A Scots musician attempts to modernize and popularize outdated folk songs.
Fegan’s film follows Aidan Moffat, who was part of popular band Arab Strap, as he sets out to tour Scotland with his rewritten folk songs, borne out of an affection for the oral tradition of passing along the music and a desire to revitalize it. When Sheila Stewart, a 79-year-old traveller and folk singer hears his reworkings, however, she is not impressed – she believes the traditional songs are sacrosanct and that Moffat has missed the meaning. Despite this criticism, Moffat perseveres, in his own way helping to continue Stewarts work in keeping the music alive. While on the whole focused too much on the performances and not enough about Moffat, Stewart, or the music’s background, Fegan’s film has just enough charm and humor to keep a non-Scots audience engaged.