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A film by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed


What does it mean to be a musician? The stars of Music for Black Pigeons can’t answer that question—with words, anyway. They respond instead by making music—in the studio, with the camera rolling. Filmmakers Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed followed the Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro in his musical encounters with heroes of contemporary jazz such as Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell and Midori Takada. The unspoken, but plainly visible joy and admiration they express when greeting each other says everything they can’t put into words. And when the sounds of their instruments fill the room, something magical happens—something the musicians themselves find it difficult to explain. Moving along calmly, the film, like Bro’s compositions, is an invitation to reflect. What is clear throughout is that the love of music is universal, and differences in nationality, gender, color and age are of no concern.


Festivals & Awards

Bilbao Int. Festival of Documentary and Short Film, 2022
Amsterdam, IDFA, 2022
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage, opening film, 2022
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2022
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival, 2022
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festivall, 2022
Venice International Film Festival, 2022

Winner of the Golde Muse Cinema & Arts Award


Directors: Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed

Producer: Emile Hertling Péronard (Ánorâk Film)

Screenwriters: Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed, Adam Nielsen

Editor: Adam Nielsen

Music: Jakob Bro

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