Les Blank & Chris Strachwitz


USA, 1976, 58 min, DCP - 4K restorations, in English & Spanish with English subtitles

Chulas Fronteras is a zesty introduction to musica Norteña and the culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, central European dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film.

FEATURING: Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pingüinos del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos.

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Del Mero Corazon (Straight from the Heart) is a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tejano Conjunto and musica Norteña traditions, constructed from outtakes from Chulas Fronteras as well as additional footage shot in California brought to life by long time collaborator of Les Blank’s, Maureen Gosling. FEATURING: Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela & Brown Express, Andrés Berlanga, Ricardo Mejîa, Conjunto Tamaulîpas.