CHULAS FRONTERAS

Les Blank & Chris Strachwitz

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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, musica Norteña  fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with central European 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 and more!

To hear more of this historic music: youtube.com/fronteracollection

Press

It’s now also an urgent reminder to Latinos nationwide that the traditions of our past can never be erased, appropriated or walled off without a fight.

Kiko Martinez, Remezcla

Priceless records of life on the border

Jon Auman, Screen Slate

Vividly demonstrate the organic flow between music and culture

Clinton Krute, Film Comment

Reminds one of a time when it was possible to think of the Mexican border without wanting to punch many of your fellow Americans in the face.

Indispensable, then and now John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter