The Global Cinema Visions Sunday afternoon film and discussion series continues with the Midcoast premiere of the award-winning film, “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, with a discussion afterward.

The 83-minute documentary, released in the United States in 2008, was directed by Jonathen Walls and Mark Johnson

“When you play on the street, you play to the world,” says a street performer captured in “Playing for Change.” Johnson and Walls roamed across four continents filming and recording street musicians, then weaving their music into a global tapestry: An elderly blues player in Santa Monica sings to the accompaniment of a mean New Orleans washboard player, a rocking sitar player in India, and a Cuban percussionist improvising in Barcelona.

The directors keep the beat with split-screen editing and moving performances of truly world music — from the freedom fighters of South Africa playing the songs that helped topple Apartheid, to dance-in-your-seats salsa on the streets of Barcelona, to the Zuni of New Mexico performing ancient songs of religious devotion.

The directors’ vision extends far beyond just music and film. They have established the Playing for Change Foundation to build music and art schools for kids around the world, such as in Gugulethu, South Africa, where they constructed the first Playing for Change Music School.

They see these schools as sources of inspiration and a means of breaking down negative stereotypes among people everywhere. In the words of one of the artists featured in “Playing for Change,” Vusi Mahlasela, “The world is immigrating into a global village, the question is how much do you want to belong?” Connected by far more than headphones, these artists are, in reality, connected by the power of music as an instrument for peace.

When journalist Bill Moyers saw “Playing for Change,” he commented: “The film brings together musicians from around the world — from blues singers in a waterlogged New Orleans, to chamber groups in Moscow and a South African choir — they celebrate songs familiar and new, to touch something common in each of us.” Uplifting and joyous at its best and merely astonishing at other times, “Playing for Change” is an inspiring tribute to the unifying power of music.

Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising will lead the discussion after the film screening.

Tickets for “Playing for Change” are $8 and are available at the door beginning one hour before the Jan. 24 screening at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Opera House at 236-7963 or