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AnDa Union Movie at the Plaza Library Review
Wednesday evening, November 2nd, at the Truman Forum at Plaza Library in Kansas City, the KCCA, the Lied Center, and the Kansas City Public Library, hosted a presentation of the documentary, AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City.

The evening began with delicious, free appetizers generously donated by Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ. The crowd of about 75 people then went into the Truman Forum to watch the presentation of the film.

The film is a 90-minute documentary about the musicians of the group AnDa Union. AnDa Union is a collective of ethnic Mongolians from the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China. The group tries to preserve the Mongolian spirit and traditions with their unique sound.

The film features clips from the group¡¯s performances interspersed with footage of the musicians going back to each of their home villages to introduce the other musicians, and the viewer, to life in their home towns. The film is both visually and aurally stunning. It got rave reviews from everyone in attendance.

The film competed last month in the London Film Festival and will be presented at the Amsterdam Film Festival in 2012. The producer is hoping to have the documentary accepted to the Sundance Film Festival for next year.

After the film was completed, the producer and director of the film, Tim Pearce, and six of the AnDa Union musicians who were in attendance took the stage to answer several of the crowd¡¯s thoughtful questions. The musicians¡¯ passion and energy was infectious and they were very eager to engage with the interested crowd.

KCCA is so happy to have had the opportunity to present this wonderful, free evening of entertainment and education to the Kansas City community.