Dir. Alain Gomis
2022, France, Germany, 65 min
French with English subtitles
In December 1969, legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ended his European concert tour with a performance at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Before the show, he was invited to appear on a French television program to perform and answer questions in an intimate setting. Using newly discovered footage from this recording, director Alain Gomis reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer, Henri Renaud, whose unwittingly trivializing approach conveys the casual racism and exploitation prevalent in the music industry at large. A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary with extraordinary rarely-seen performances, Rewind & Play offers a unique opportunity to see Monk in a way that very few people did.
Presented in collaboration with TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.
Gomis’s film illuminates [Monk] in a light in which we’ve rarely seen him.
– Conor Williams, Reverse Shot
The brilliance of the film is the efficiency with which it exposes the racist power structures that framed much of Monk’s career, and by extension the careers of so many Black musicians.
– Darren Hughes, Filmmaker Magazine