The Blue Shroud

The Blue Shroud

This intriguing documentary is based on three historical events: the 1937 bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War (the first deliberate aerial bombing of a civilian population and a prelude to the devastation of the Second World War); Pablo Picasso’s response to that atrocity in his iconic 1937 painting, Guernica; and the moment in 2003, when a tapestry reproduction of Picasso’s painting at the United Nations Security Council was obscured by a blue drape (the Blue Shroud) as Colin Powell made the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The famed composer Barry Guy has created a moving, masterful response to this historical shame and political hypocrisy, a crowning achievement in the composer’s legendary fifty-year career in music. Filmed in Ireland, Switzerland and London, The Blue Shroud features fourteen musicians from ten countries, including Irish guitarist and composer Benjamin Dwyer and Irish poet Kerry Hardie, whose poem “Symbols of Guernica” is used as the text sung by Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou.

“The film is an argument for the power of artistic collaboration to break down boundaries and borders. Rooted in history, it presents a powerful message for the present day. “ Jonathan Creasy


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