Polka. © R Boonzajer-Flaes
50 minutes / 1986
Directed by
Robert Boonzajer-Flaes

Country of production Netherlands

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.

Region North America

Country United States

Keywords Music / Ethnomusicology Collective / Community identity