U2 Participation in Upcoming Documentaries

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-06-10)

U2 will have some involvement in a number of documentaries that are on their way in the coming months. Release dates are not firm as the movie industry continues to be impacted by the Covid-19 virus, but expect to see some of these films in the not so distant future.

The first is Ahimsa: Gandhi, The Power of the Powerless which is a feature length documentary about Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas of non-violence. The film was put together by director Ramesh Sharma. Of the film, Sharma says “Ahimsa shows how Gandhi’s message went beyond the shores of India where he used non-violence as a powerful tool. Today it still serves as an inspiration to societies fighting injustice.”

Distant Horizon is the company that is producing the film and handling sales. The company describes Ahmisa “The film brings to the fore the impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence worldwide: how it inspired Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Barack Obama and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States; the Solidarity Movement in Poland as well as Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.”

Variety has identified that production is complete on the film, and that the film will feature the song U2 released before Christmas with A.R. Rahman, “Ahimsa.” That song, written by Bono and Rahman, was released prior to U2’s first concert in India.

A second documentary coming is Songs for While I’m Away which features the life and work of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. The film is directed by Irish director Emer Reynolds, and takes a look at the band, while also telling the life story of frontman Phil Lynott.

The film includes a number of interviews including one with Adam Clayton discussing Lynott and his impact on U2 as a band, and on the Irish Music scene. Other interviews will include Thin Lizzy’s Eric Bell, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton, as well as Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis, James Hetfield of Metallica, and Midge Ure of Ultravox.

The documentary will premiere soon on the big screen. It will debut first in Irish theatres, we’ll let you know when a date is announced. Director Reynolds says the film “gets to the heart of Philip, the father, the husband, the friend, the son, the rock icon, the poet and the dreamer.”

Although released in most of the world already, Ron Howard’s documentary about Pavarotti, featuring Bono in interviews, is set to debut in Japan. Bono is one of 23 people interviewed in this documentary about the singer. The film will be shown on September 4, at theatres in Japan. A full list of showings and further information about the film can be found here. In Japan the film is known as Pavarotti: The Tenor of the Sun. The film was originally planned for earlier in the year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. The soundtrack was released on May 27, 2020 in Japan. (CD catalog number: UCCL-1216)

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