Cantadoras: Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia

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70 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez

Country of production Mexico

A portrait of life in rural Colombia, towards its Carribean coast, told through the words and songs of the resilient Afro-colombian singers that farm there. Through intimate interviews and the evocative chants of the bullerengeue (cumbia-based style traditionally sung exclusively by women), we learn of their everyday experiences of hardship and survival. They speak movingly of memories of violence at the hands of paramilitaries, and the power of song to build intergenerational strength and give voice to dignity and creativity. Weaving songs, interviews, and archive footage, Cantadoras is a musical journey through ancestral resistance to violence, from working in white-owned mines, civil war in which violence rest heavily on rural communities, and the challenges of today’s situation.

María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Intangible Culture

Language and subtitles Spanish

Location(s) depicted Colombia

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