In conjunction with the Afro Latin Jazz Foundation, we're proud to present a free, private viewing of the acclaimed new HBO documentary Fandango at the Wall, which follows multi Grammy Award winner Arturo O'Farrill and 50 other musicians as they prepare to record a live album at the US–Mexico border.
From executive producers Quincy Jones, Andrew Young and Carlos Santana, Fandango at the Wall is inspired by the annual music festival called “Fandango Fronterizo” which unites people in son jarocho song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana–San Diego border. Before the recording, Fandango Fronterizo organizer Jorge Francisco Castillo took O’Farrill on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico, where son jarocho, the 300-hundred-year-old folk music combining indigenous, Spanish and African traditions originated. As they travel to the remotest regions of the Veracruz coast, they meet legendary son jarocho musicians and artisans and recruit them for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate at the annual border celebration, promoting peace, and celebrating unity. The film introduces the beautiful music of the region through intimate storytelling and captivating concert footage and serves as a powerful reminder of music’s ability to bridge cultural barriers.
The film stars son jarocho legends Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez, Wendy Cao Romero, Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, Andrés Vega, Martha Vega. It includes special appearances by MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; CNN Historian Douglas Brinkley; The Villalobos Brothers; Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi.
Registrants will be sent a password-protect link with which they can view the film in the days before the December 8 panel discussion, which will include Fandango Fronterizo festival founder Jorge Francisco Castillo; Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra founder Arturo O'Farrill; director Varda Bar-Kar and producer Kabir Sehgal.
Fandango Fronterizo website
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