La Peña Cultural Center proudly presents:
ROOTS ARTS FILM SERIES / AFRO-LATIN CULTURE THROUGH FILM
March 15th, April 19th, May 17th and June 21st
All films are at 7PM at La Peña Cultural Center
FREE ENTRY! There is a $5 Dollar Suggested Donation to support La Peña's community programming! NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS!
LA RUMBA ME LLAMA (Cuba)
Directed by: Oliver Hill
Run time: 48 mins. Followed by Q&A with the Director!
Interviews with leading icons of contemporary Cuban music and footage of rumba sessions in the inner courtyards of modest Havana tenements, private homes and concert halls immerse viewers in the gritty world where African and European cultures met to create a spontaneous and profound form of musical expression.
JOGO DE CORPO: “Angolan Roots of Capoeira” (Brazil)
Directed by: Matthias Assunção
Run time: 87 mins. Followed by brief Q&A!
“Angolan Roots of Capoeira” follows the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira master, Cobra Mansa and his team on travels through Angola and Brazil in search of the historical roots of Capoeira. It is also a personal journey as Cobra Mansa is a descendant of slaves who were brought from Africa to build Brazil.
BEYOND LA BAMBA (Mexico)
Directed by: Marco Villalobos
Run time: 45 mins. Followed by Q&A!
Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico’s 300-year-old Son Jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forges a new life but remains true to their music.
RITMOS NEGROS DEL PERU (Peru)
Directed by: Sonia Barousse, Hugo Massa & Florent Wattelier
Run time: 60 min. Followed by Q&A!
An in-depth look at Afro-Peruvian music through the lens of its percussion instruments. The now widespread cajón, as well as the less renowned cajita, quijada and checo, drive the rhythms along with the history and the identity of the music. Featuring musicians, researchers and instrument-makers, this documentary explores, along the Paci c Coast of Peru, the relationship between music and identities, and how the preservation and transmission of a cultural heritage is still relevant to contemporary creation.