USA, 1976, 58 min, DCP - 4K restorations, in English & Spanish with English subtitles
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.
Jon Auman, Screen Slate
These films are priceless records of life on the border
Clinton Krute, Film Comment
Blank’s films on norteño music provide typically peppy examples of the director’s immersive, seemingly effortless style. Keith Watson, Slant Magazine
Both films play like mixtape travelogues, bouncing around from beer joints to backyard barbecues
David Sterrit, Films in Focus