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Directed by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz

United States 1976 58 mins.

Chulas Fronteras is a zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, musica Norteña  fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with central European dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. Chulas Fronteras celebrates the famed Mexican-American musicians of the borderlands, the migrant farming communities from which they come, the strong family bonds of Tejanos, and the social protest ethos inscribed in their music. Blank & Strachwitz’s film brims with tender affection for its subjects, the vitality of their marvelous music, and the generosity of spirit they show in the face of hardship. Featuring Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pingüinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos and more! (Argot Pictures) Screens with Del mero corazón (1979, dirs. Les Blank & Maureen Gosling).

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Weekend Engagements