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Dusty & Stones is a continent-crossing journey story told through country music. The documentary intimately chronicles the remarkable ride of cousins Gazi “Dusty” Simelane and Linda “Stones” Msibi, a determined duo of struggling country singers from the tiny African Kingdom of Swaziland who long for their big break.

When they are unexpectedly invited to record their songs in Nashville and to compete in a Texas battle of the bands, Dusty and Stones embark on their long-awaited first pilgrimage to the ancestral heart of country music.

Over a momentous ten-day road trip through the American South, the cousins bring their music to life in a top Nashville recording studio, explore the storied locales of their favorite country songs, and excitedly engage with the culture they’ve long felt part of from afar, proving any demographic can lay claim to country music – or any other art form.

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature - Atlanta Film Festival
Jury Award for Best Director - RiverRun International Film Festival
Jury Award for Best Debut Feature - Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary - San Luis Obispo International Film
Festival Jury Award for Best Feature - Thin Line Festival

"One of the most compelling and joyful music documentaries of the year." - Living Life Fearless

"An often captivating crowd-pleaser that weaves contemporary politics in its backdrop…a character study rife with terrific music and presence." - The Film Stage

"A wondrous ten-day road trip through the American south." - DOC NYC

"A triumph of musical storytelling." - Sonic Cinema

Dusty & Stones
Directed and Produced by Jesse Rudoy
Produced by Melissa Adeyemo
84 minutes, color, English, 2023

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