Music In Film
This section of films cover a lot of ground. From the origins of ‘son jarocho’ to Chilean musicians in Europe, to a never performed opera by a Colombian immigrant, to a bio-pic of one of the most well known pop artist’s Julio Jaramillo- these films cover a lot of ground – literally across continents showing how far music travels to connect us.
When Arlen Parsa discovers that his Colombian great-grandfather left behind an opera that has never been performed, he knows what he has to do...but doesn't know how to do it. Despite having no opera experience of any kind and not speaking Spanish, Arlen takes a leap of faith. After promising his family that the 80-year-old Latin music will receive a world premiere, is Arlen in over his head?
Camilo Nu is a talented guitarist from Mexico who has dedicated his life to the study of Mexico’s cultural and ancestral music. Propelled to search for the roots of the traditional music of Veracruz know as Son Jarocho, a Mexican music that has been recognized as having Spanish and African influences, Nu traveled through southern Spain and North Africa to collaborate musically with local musicians to discover what similarities still existed. As his journey led him farther from home, he was confronted by his own fragmented African heritage that he inherited from absent father. Nu's journey takes on a new meaning as he travels deep into the African roots of Son Jarocho and, inevitably, his own identity.
On the surface, "Pachamanka- Singing for Freedom“ is a documentary about a Chilean music band recording their new CD, along with the personal stories of different band members. Upon closer inspection, it is also a story about staying true to one's political and cultural principals like solidarity and equality while trying to survive as a musician. Formed during the dictatorship of Pinochet, Pachamanka's initial goal was to fight the regime and communicate the situation in Chile through music. After facing prison time and persecution, some band members were forced to leave the Chile and continue their musical journey in Uruguay, Spain, and finally Austria. The freedom that comes with being a musician became overshadowed by financial problems and the pressure to become a commercial act.