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Germany, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Backbeat)

Director: Gandulf Hennig

“I'm living proof that things go wrong in America and I'm also living proof that things can go right.” - Merle Haggard.

Country music legend and poet of the common man Merle Haggard takes centre stage for this candid documentary that, just like the man himself, tells it like it is. Unearthing the roots of Haggard's musical inspiration, it recounts his early days of delinquency and hard drinking that saw him locked up in San Quentin in 1959, where he experienced an epiphany at witnessing Johnny Cash play for the inmates.

Both extremely guarded and painfully honest, this candid music doco from Gandulf Hennig (Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, MIFF 04) gives rare insight into the workings of one of America's great wandering troubadours. Features interviews with stalwarts of the country music scene including Robert Duvall, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards, Dwight Yoakam and many more.

D/S Gandulf Hennig P Gandulf Hennig, Alfred Holighaus TD HDCAM/2010

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