LA PLAYA D.C.
“A quietly impressive first feature from Colombian writer/director Juan Andrés Arango. Absorbing rather than gripping at first, it confidently builds into a tale of hope and transformation” -Screen International
Written and directed by Juan Andrés Arango, La Playa D.C. is a coming-of-age story set in the culturally vibrant, politically and socially turbulent city of Bogotá, Colombia. The film follows Tomas, a young Afro-Colombian barber’s apprentice, on a journey of self-discovery as he tries to locate Jairo, his younger brother, who has recently disappeared. Through the story of Tomas, Andrés Arango portrays the complexities of racism and identity politics in contemporary Latin American cities and produces a fresh portrait of the largely misrepresented city of Bogotá and its inhabitants.
Directed by Juan Andrés Arango, 2012, Colombia/Brazil/France, 90 mins. Spanish with English subtitles. Released by ArtMattan Films.
Seattle International Film Festival
Sunday, June 3 @ 9:15pm
‘AMERICAN SABOR ON FILM’
‘AMERICAN SABOR’ Tuesday, June 4, 2:30pm
New York Public Library for Performing Arts
SONS OF BENKOS
(Lucas Silva, Colombia/France, 2003, 52 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
This is an entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Columbia through music. The film presents the music of the Sons of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in the fight for freedom during the times of slavery in Colombia. The film also shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over time through the fusion of Cuban and contemporary African rhythms with traditional Afro-Colombian music.
HANDS OF GOD
(Delia Ackerman, Peru, 2004, 54 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Hands of God is a stunning documentary that explores the stunning dexterity and mastery of famous Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio “Chocolate” Algendones. Afro-Peruvian music is rooted in multiples rhythms coming from Africa. Mixing the traditional and the contemporary, from cajón to Jazz, Chocolate composed and played many music styles, taught all over the world and contributed to the creative development of numerous artists including the dance group Peru Negro.