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Directed by Janus Køster-Rasmussen

Denmark 2015 83 mins.

In the 1960s, many American jazz greats traveled–and often permanently relocated–to Europe. Seeking to escape from systemic American police violence, racial discrimination, and destructive drug culture, these artists sought out work, artistic appreciation, and human connections. Among these expatriates were tenor saxophonist giants Ben Webster (1909-1973) and Dexter Gordon (1923-1990), who independently settled in Copenhagen and found themselves accepted and celebrated in a surprisingly warm fashion by their newfound countrymen. Drawing on rare interviews and performance footage from Danish television and films, contemporary interviews with friends, girlfriends, and musicians of the era, and an extraordinary treasure trove of Ben Webster’s own, touching 8mm home movies—this intimate portrait of bittersweet exile connects past and present in a moving fashion.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.