In 2015, Maharaja GajSingh II of India’s Marwar-Jodhpur region invited an extraordinary group of musicians to assemble a studio. Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread; There Will Be Blood) captured this joyous three-week collaboration—a cross-cultural, cross-religious meeting between the mystical Islam of Sufi, Qawwali, and Rajasthani musicians, interwoven with devotional poetries. Leading the group were Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

The resulting music documentary, Junun, was shot on the grounds of the Mehrangarh Fort, whose museum’s collections are featured in the MFAH exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.

“Trying to remain still in your seat is futile.” —Hollywood Reporter

Junun has been featured at film festivals including the New York Film Festival (2015); Rome (2015); Mumbai (2015); Rotterdam (2016); BEAT in Moscow (2016); Washington Jewish Film Festival (2016); BBC6 in Glasgow (2017); Belfast Film Festival (2017); Respect Festival in Czechoslovakia (2017); Istanbul Jazz Festival (2017); La Casa Encendida in Madrid (2017); and Les Rencontres du film d’art in France (2018). Film provided by the Ghoulardi Film Company.

Free with Museum admission. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell.

• Read more about the film in IndieWire.

• Read a preview of “Junun” on the MFAH blog.

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Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Released
2015
Language
English, Hebrew, Hindu, and Urdu with English subtitles
Country
USA
Running Time
54 minutes
Format
Digital, Color