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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