Collection Title: Cenzontles collection
Title: Fandango
Alternate Title: Searching for the White Monkey
Date: 2006
Location: Filmed in 2006
Work Type: Documentary.
Ricardo Braojos, director and editor; Eugene Rodriguez, producer, Eugene Rodriguez and Ricardo Braojos, writers; Ricardo Braojos, Oscar Carrillo, Alma Fuertes, associate producers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:05:57
Language: In English and Spanish.
Synopsis: Fandango, Searching for the White Monkey weaves together the stories of musicians as they struggle to revive a dying tradition of Veracruz, Mexico. This musical documentary takes us from California's inner city to the heart of the Veracruz savannah, the cradle of the son Jarocho. Fandango, featuring rare footage spanning 25 years, is the story of personal transformation and the power of culture. This film features music and interviews of regional musicians Grupo Mono Blanco, Antonio Garcia de Leon, Esteban Utrera, Juana Cobos, Los Cojolites, Unidad Indígena de Santa Rosa Lomalarga, Los Cenzontles, and fandangueros in Veracruz and California.Los Cenzontles is a band, a nonprofit organization, a music academy, a community space for youth and families, and a hub for Latino artists. Since 1989 Los Cenzontles produces original music, videos, and educational tools, playing a central role in Mexican roots revival in the United States. Throughout more than 25 years of constant work, Los Cenzontles has shared its founder Eugene Rodriguez’ vision: that young people empowered as artists and teachers can build upon the past to create a better future. Los Cenzontles remains unique among nonprofits nationally in demonstrating the potential of Latino cultural programming and production to transform individuals and communities from within. Over the years, the academy has served immigrant children, third-generation Mexican Americans as well as children who are mixed and from various ethnic backgrounds. The band has recorded songs that capture the poetry of the indigenous Purépecha language and composed music aimed to inspire and rally the community toward empowerment and engagement and against contemporary injustices. Los Cenzontles has broadcast its journey via its documentary series, web-based video shorts, and ‘digital scrapbooks’ aimed at capturing the first person stories of resilience by Mexican American music- and cultural-makers. These media productions combine music videos and interviews to highlight themes of inclusion, education, and social justice.
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Copyright Holder: Los Cenzontles
Contact: Los Cenzontles
Los Cenzontles
13108 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94805
Phone(Business): +1-510-233-8015
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