Bobbi Jo Hart

2012 86 min.

Original Version with Catalan/ Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Bobbi Jo Hart
    • Photography: Bobbi Jo Hart
    • Editing: Howard Goldberg
    • Produced by: Robbie Hart
    • Sound and Score: Daniel Toussaint
    • Suitable for all audiences



A feature documentary made over eight years, I Am Not A Rock Star follows the life of Canadian classical pianist Marika Bournaki between the ages of 12 and 20! Shot in cinema verité style in concert halls, hotels and airports around the world and inspired by stunning piano performances, the film dramatically unfolds to reveal the coming of age of an ambitious, talented pianist and the conséquences of her eight year journey to make it.

I Am Not A Rock Star gives viewers a rare and candid look inside the world of classical music – a world where an elusive alchemy of sacrifice, talent and luck is required. As Marika seeks her place and identity in this challenging environment, we witness her evolution from child to adult and experience the numerous conflicts she overcomes to finally make it on her own. It’s a story that says as much about Marika and the world of classical music as it does about families, growing up and the complex relationships between parents and their kids.

About direction (Bobbi Jo Hart)

Filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart a directed her first documentary (A Calling to Care) in Pakistan in 1997. Her first feature-length documentary, She Got Game : Behind the Scenes of the Women’s Tennis Tour (2003), received many awards and toured worlwide film festivals before airing on numerous television networks.

Awards & Festivals

  • In-Edit Beefeater Barcelona - Oficial Section. Barcelona, 2012
  • Montreal World Film Festival - World Premiere. Montreal, 2012
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Oficial Section. Thessaloniki, 2012
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival - Oficial Section. Guanajuato, 2012
  • Vancouver International Film Festival - Oficial Section. Vacouver, 2012
  • DocsDF - Oficial Section. Mexico, 2012