James Blunt: Return to Kosovo

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James Blunt: Return to Kosovo
Directed bySteven Cantor
Produced byMikaela Beardsley
Steven Cantor
Mark Cann (co-producer)
StarringJames Blunt
Edited byTrevor Ristow
Release date
  • 10 March 2007 (2007-03-10)
Running time
50 minutes
LanguageEnglish

James Blunt: Return to Kosovo is a 2007 documentary film recorded in September 2006, when musician and former British Army Captain James Blunt returned to Kosovo to perform a concert for serving NATO troops, and to visit places and people he had encountered whilst serving in Kosovo in 1999.[1] The documentary was directed by Steven Cantor.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The documentary interlaces the footage filmed in 2006 with personal videos taken by Blunt in 1999, as well as news footage from the Kosovo conflict.[2] Blunt was reunited with the three interpreters with whom he had worked when his unit was first sent to Kosovo. Together, they had intended to seek out families with whom Blunt and others had interacted; instead, they found abandoned and destroyed homes where these families had once lived. The group also returned to a mass grave that Blunt's squadron had been instrumental in identifying; it was now a traditional cemetery, where most of the dead have been identified and gravestones with their likenesses have been erected. Blunt performed songs from his Back to Bedlam album, including "You're Beautiful". Also included was his performance of No Bravery, a song about the conflict that Blunt wrote during his tour of duty in Kosovo.[3]

Release and distribution[edit]

Return to Kosovo had its world premier at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas on 10 March 2007.[2] In August 2007 the documentary was shown at the Dokufest film festival in Kosovo.[4] At the end of 2008, the video was included with the release of the album All the Lost Souls - Deluxe Edition, increasing significantly its distribution worldwide.[5] In March 2012, The Live Room powered by Warner Music, the Warner Music Group's official YouTube channel, uploaded the documentary in four parts entitled "James Blunt: Return to Kosovo [From The Vaults]", each episode subtitled as following:

  1. From Soldier to Singer[6]
  2. Revisiting the Villages[7]
  3. Life in the Villages Before and After[8]
  4. The Inspiration behind "No Bravery"[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Return to Kosovo". bff.org.uk/. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "SXSW screening listing". Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ Williams, Holly (4 December 2007). "Documentary depicts another military side of singer/songwriter James Blunt". The Michigan Journal. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Dokufest screening listings" (PDF). Retrieved 26 January 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ "James Blunt: All The Lost Souls - Deluxe Edition". www.discogs.com/. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ Video on YouTube

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