CHANCHONA: THE MUSIC OF THE SOUL [Chanchona: la música en el alma]
In person: filmmaker Tomas Guevara
Named for the heavy upright bass (wide and pig-shaped) that anchors its combos, chanchona is a musical tradition handed down through generations in the mountainous villages of eastern El Salvador. Los Hermanos Lovo, a popular group in El Salvador, immigrated to the Washington, DC, area in the late 1990s, finding an eager audience here for their traditional musical stylings. This in-depth documentary by local filmmaker Tomás Guevara follows the band members both at home and abroad as they prepare for their performance at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
DIR/PROD Tomás Guevara. El Salvador/US, 2012, color, 88 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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