Chulas Fronteras

Beautiful Borders, as Chulas Fronteras translates, is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German 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 the Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to the generally joyous film.
In Person: Harrod Blank, Maureen Gosling and Anthony Matt

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Chris Strachwitz

Les Blank



Directors: Chris Strachwitz, Les Blank
Principal Cast: Flaco Jimenez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres De Teran, Narciso Martinez, Los Penguinos del Norte, Santiago Jimenez, Sr.
Additional Credits: Harrod Blank: Digital Master Executive Producer, Anthony Matt: Digital Master Producer, Maureen Gosling: Digital Master Off-line Producer


Les Blank Films
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Harrod Blank
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Music
Screening Section: Special Events
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English and Spanish
Runtime: 58:00 mins