Nicolas Jaar has created a soundtrack for a 1969 Armenian film called The Color of Pomegranates. The experimental Soviet-era film was directed by Sergei Parajanov and follows the life of ashik (a kind of mystic, lute-playing poet) Sayat-Nova – the story is told visually more than any other way, with lots vignettes presenting the people and surroundings that touched the poet's life.

Why has Nicolas Jaar chosen this film? Is it because it's just one big, visually striking video for which he had some musical ideas? Was he already a fan of the film? Or did he want to use something obscure to project a sense of worldliness, both in himself and his music? Is this cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation? All the questions. Watch all one-hour-seventeen-minutes-and-three-seconds of it below.