We’re proud to present this free screening of Linda and the Mockingbirds, a 2020 documentary that follows Linda Ronstadt, musical collaborator Jackson Browne and the SF Bay Area-based band Los Cenzontles (“mockingbirds,” in the Nahuatl language) to the little town of Banámichi in Sonora, Mexico, where Linda’s grandfather was born.
It’s a road movie with music—a song-soaked, foot-stomping trip straight to the heart of what it means to be Mexican, and to be American, and the complex joy of being both at the same time. On the way we learn of Linda’s long friendship with Eugene Rodriguez, a third-generation Mexican-American and musician who founded the Cenzontles 30 years ago to reconnect working-class kids with the dignity and beauty of their ancestral music and culture. It worked so well, and the Cenzontles became musicians of such skill and heart, that they drew admirers and collaborators like Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Los Lobos.
The film explodes with rhythm — the pounding feet of zapateado dancers, the strumming of jarana and guitar, the clacking buzz of the quijada, a donkey jawbone. And it swells with soulful voices. It’s a journey of pride and self-knowledge with a solid, root-sy groove. This is not Latin-ish “Dorito” music, Ronstadt says. “This is Mexican music.”
The screening is a fundraiser for the producers to help defray the costs of distributing this beautiful film to a wider audience. When you give on our website, please include “Mockingbirds” in the text field provided. Presented through special arrangement, the film will only be available at the premiere time and up until midnight May 5, 2021.
Linda and the Mockingbirds (2020)Official Trailer
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