(Les Blank & Chris Strachwitz, USA, 1976, 58 min.)
A zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, Norteña music fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. Newly restored in 4k, 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, and many others.
Screening with Del Mero Corazón (Straight from the Heart)
Opens Friday, June 28
7 Ludlow Street, New York City
For tickets: bit.ly/chulasnyc
Maureen Gosling & Harrod Blank in person Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29!