NO REPORTER NARRATION.
PJ Harvey visits a drum shop in Kabul, a war-damaged house with peeling wallpaper in Kosovo, and street rappers in Washington D.C., seeking inspiration for an album in a new documentary showing at the Berlin Film Festival.
Directed by Seamus Murphy, "A Dog Called Money" juxtaposes scenes of Harvey observing and listening to local people make music or sounds during her travels - such as men chanting at a religious ceremony in Afghanistan - with shots of her replicating those sounds in a recording studio in London.
The documentary features traffic jams, a busy market and calls to prayer in Afghanistan while scenes from the United States include the congregation of a church weeping, a young boy telling of family members who have been shot in his neighbourhood and cheerleaders performing in the street.
Murphy said Afghanistan and Kosovo seemed obvious places for him and Harvey to travel to since he was familiar with them from his earlier work and Washington appeared to complement those places as the centre of Western power that had played a role in deciding the fate of those countries.
Murphy also said he wanted to make people think about the cliche that Afghans are starving and miserable all the time.
"My experience of Afghanistan, apart from terrible situations at times, is of a very buoyant people, a very hospitable people and people that have a lot of fun with each other so that's important, I think, to show that side," he said on Sunday (February 10).
The documentary - one of around 400 films showing at this year's Berlinale - also shows people watching through one-way glazing as Harvey performs in a specially constructed recording studio.