Chan Centre Connects | Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love

Germany 2005. Dir: Ciro Cappellari. 58 min. Digibeta

A meaningful tribute to one of the world’s legendary jazz musicians, this 2005 documentary by Buenos Aires-born, Berlin-based filmmaker Ciro Cappellari explores the life of South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand), covering his extensive musical career and inspirations, his fight against Apartheid, and his relationship with the great Duke Ellington. “A loving and insightful portrait ... The film speaks not only to both Ibrahim’s holistic view of the world and the formlessness of the nature which inspire his work, but also to his experience of poverty, abuse, exile, Apartheid, and being part of the African diaspora ... It has been claimed that even the breeze stops when Ibrahim’s music plays” (VIFF).

This screening of Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love is presented in conjunction with the concert performance “The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim with guest Terence Blanchard,” at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, February 18, at 7:00 pm.

The Chan Centre Connects Series presents outreach activities related to visiting artists performing in the annual concert season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit