Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love Synopsis
African singer Youssou N'Dour ignites controversy with an album about Islam.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
A beautiful film.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This documentary by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi could have used more music for my taste, and fewer talking heads. But it’s absorbing all the...
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Chicago Reader

By Andrea Gronvall
N’dour’s concert numbers and family visits are captivating, but Vasarhelyi is so uncritical toward the singer that she inadvertently makes...
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
But by far the most powerful element is N'Dour's lone voice, a thing of high, pure beauty that feels at once ancient and new. When he...
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Los Angeles Times

Best when exploring the nitty gritty of N'Dour's life as a musician, favorite son and cultural ambassador.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though we see the same man throughout the bumpy tour captured here -- always calm, steady, faithful -- it's bound to prove an enlightening...
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Village Voice

For all the singer's sincere intentions to build secular-religious bridges, a straight-up concert film might have been a better approach,...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film works best when we see N'Dour onstage. He has a great set of pipes and is nothing if not charismatic.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Part concert film, part narrative, it isn't fully successful on either level, coming across more like an overlong DVD extra than a fully...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
When the film sticks to biographical and career background, it is on steady ground, but when it argues the case for one particular album,...
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Amazing Movie

By TZippy
This is truly a movie of the decade. Some call him the Bono of Africa and it is a really special story. Besides being a great tale, the music is amazing and I promise you will be walking out of the...


By kswan
I loved this poignant documentary about how one powerful Senegalese singer was able to open a door from Africa to the West. Youssou is an inspirational figure and the film shows how he affected his...

I left with something new to love!

By katrinar
This documentary beautifully tells the fascinating and inspiring story of the origins and consequences of Youssou N'Dour's decision to blend the Egyptian and Senegalese pop styles to create an album...

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

By reginaldvanwilson
The film was insightful & revolutionary, much like Youssou N'dour's lyrics. The music was great!!! I couldn't contain my dancing!...


By hdothussin
This movie surpassed my expectations of a musical documentary. It is an excellent and positive portrayal of a peaceful religion.This was my pseudo introduction to Mr. N'Dour and his music and I am...

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love.

By Cinema prof
This film was interesting because it did a good job of presenting the singing style and primary philosophy of a world renowned signer about whom I knew very little. The film covered an extensive...

I bring what I love

By sretihw
Excellence very, very. very good I have told a lot of my friends to go see this movie. Keep them coming...

Youssou, The People's Songwriter

By ao072201os
I loved the film, from its perfect opening to its warm ending. It is so pleasant to witness a religious artist obey his individuality despite communal pressure to do otherwise. Youssou's story is...

A eautiful and important film

By markcrosley
This is a terrific story of one of the world's great singers. It illuminates a corner of the world - Muslim Africa - that few Americans are familiar with. Definitely worth seeing, and a likely Best...

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Rated PG | For thematic elements and brief smoking