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Directed by Yoon-Ha Chang

Germany, South Korea, United States 2016 99 mins. In English

I Go Back Home tells the story of an unlikely pairing of jazz legend Jimmy Scott and disillusioned German music producer and composer Ralf Kemper. Scott (1925-2014), friend to Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, was not only one of the last connections to the golden age of jazz, but also a vocalist who struggled to find recognition outside narrow jazz circles. Kemper, obsessed with the idea of bringing attention to his hero, decides to record a last album, but by the time he and Scott meet, Scott is 85 years-old, wheelchair-bound, living in obscurity in Las Vegas, and hardly in shape to perform. But together with many of Scott’s old friends like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci, and James Moody, Kemper sacrifices all he has to pursue his dream. As he gathers some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, Scott blooms with the attention and the chance to sing once more.



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