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POSTER: Playing the Changes Poster
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Playing the Changes documents the life of jazz pianist Darius Brubeck as he recounts a life of pioneering the musical, political, and cultural landscape in South Africa. Born in San Francisco in 1947 to legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck, the film explores Darius’s childhood, career, and activism throughout the years, from his involvement with creating the first university degree in Africa focused on Jazz to the establishment of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, which remains open 30 years on. Through interviews and archival footage,Playing the Changes explores how music plays an integral role in social mobility, transformation, and political reform. The film provides a deeply moving and engaging biography of Darius Brubeck, who leaves a legacy of liberation through the power of Jazz.