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Directed by Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz
58 min | 1976 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English & Spanish with Spanish & English Subtitles.

Post Film Q&A with documentary filmmaker Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling, the film’s assistant editor, and musica Norteña band Rio Bravo Conjunto Los Castillos. The band will be playing songs from 6:30-7:00 and an additional number after the screening.

Newly restored in 4k, Chulas Fronteras is a joyous introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, musica Norteña fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with central European dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. This 1976 film 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.

Featured, Films Without Borders, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MST