This quirky video documents the rise, fall, and resurgence in popularity of the humble ukulele. Director Tony Coleman and writer Margaret Meagher trace the uke’s history to the late 19th century, when Portuguese immigrants settled in Hawaii and King Kalakaua saw the string instruments they brought along as a way to perpetuate island folk traditions. The American craze for all things Hawaiian brought the ukulele into the Jazz Age; after being supplanted for decades by the electric guitar it’s made a global comeback, with devotees gathering in Irish pubs, Israeli peace demonstrations, Japanese parks, and Swedish punk clubs. The directors make a case for the ukulele’s place in serious music, but clearly its chief value is that it’s fun and uncomplicated, much like this movie.