1986 / 50 minutes

Directed by
Robert Boonzajer-Flaes
Country of production

The film confronts the accordion music of Chicano immigrants in southern Texas with the traditional music of accordion players in Austria. Without making any final judgements on the ‘roots’ of ‘conjunto’ music of the Chicanos, the film is able to reveal the different claims to ethnic identity. Most interestingly, Chicanos in Mexico and Texas and Austrians comment upon each others’ way of playing Polka.

North America
United States
Music / Ethnomusicology Collective / Community identity