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Year 2022
Runtime 83 mins
Language English
International Premiere
  • In Cinema Only

CIFF's Top Docs is a monthly feature-length documentary series running November 2021 - April 2022.

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DUSTY & STONES screens at Globe Cinema February 1

Gazi "Dusty" Simelane and Linda "Stones" Msibi are country music singers living in the kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). They discovered the talents of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton while listening to Voice of America radio growing up in the remote Mooihoek Valley.

After getting discovered on YouTube, the pair are invited to a music festival in Texas, leading to a ten-day road trip through the American south. Throughout their adventure, they play music, meet the locals and tackle questions of race and power, discussing who gets to claim country music or any art form for that matter.

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United States
Jesse Rudoy
Executive Producer
Sam Bisbee
Melissa Adeyemo
Adam Abada, Benitha Vlok, Michael Koshkin, Sean Anthony Eddy, Tito Balata
Jesse Rudoy, Loulwa Khoury
Gazi "Dusty" Simelane
Linda "Stones" Msibi