Chulas Fronteras

Drawing connections between music, cooking and daily life in Blank's signature fashion, the film is warm-hearted.

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Chulas Fronteras

Chulas Fronteras is 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, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pingüinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos.
Genre
Documentary, Music, Culture Vulture
Runtime
87
Language
Spanish, English
Director
Les Blank
Chris Strachwitz
FEATURED REVIEW
Kiko Martinez, Remezcla

'Chulas Fronteras' ('Beautiful Borders') is a hybrid-style music documentary that combines elements of observational cinema and other traditional techniques. It tells a story brimming with culturally relevant themes that — even in 2019 — are just as timely and significant as they were when acclaimed ...

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