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Latino Film Festival: A Mexican Sound (2012, USA)

March 28, 2013
Thursday @ 7:00pm
Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC), 147 East Adams Street, Phoenix 85004. 602-254-9817
Free and open to the public. Family friendly film.


In English

Director: Roy Germano
Cinematography/Film Editor: Roy Germano
Producer: Roy Germano

Synopsis: The “sound” referred to is el son huasteco, a folk music style typical of northeast and east-central Mexico, which manages to be both gritty and sublime at the same time. The music is intense and energetic, characterized by rapid violin flourishes, falsetto singing, and driving rhythms, the latter supplemented by people stomping and dancing on the tarima (a large wooden platform). A huge sound is created by a mere trio of musicians playing violin, jarana huasteca (a small, 5-string guitar) and quinta huapanguera (a large-bodied, short-necked 8-string guitar). The documentary focuses on musicians from the communities of Ciudad Valles and Xilitla in eastern San Luis Potosí. (In English)


Filmmaker, Roy Germano

A Mexican Sound, Germano speaking

About: Roy Germano holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas-Austin. He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and recipient of the Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award. His research centered on the causes of emigration form Mexico and the impact of remittances on rural communities. Germano’s fieldwork in Mexico laid the foundations for the documentaries he has produced. He filmed, directed and edited The Other Side of Immigration, named a 2011 Notable Video of the Year by the American Library Association. It provides a Mexican perspective on immigration by examining the lives of people in towns where half of the population had left to work in the U.S. In Mexico, Germano became acquainted with, and fascinated by, the son huesteco, which motivated the creation of A Mexican Sound. Germano’s research and documentary work have been featured by National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, CNN, Univision, Fox News Channel, The Economist, Telemundo, and many others. Germano currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is working on a book about immigration.

*Parking: Street parking is free downtown after 5 p.m.; there is also plenty of parking at the Regency Garage, 1st St. lot, and the Collier Center lot.

Special Guest: Devon Leal Bridgewater

Devon Leal BridgewaterDevon Leal Bridgewater is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Arizona State University. Devon is also an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College in the Liberal Arts Department. His research interests include music and cultural history in Arizona, the Southwest, and Mexico. Bridgewater graduated from Harvard University in 1981 (B.A. in Social Anthropology) and received his Master’s degree from ASU (Latin American History) in December, 2009.  A Phoenix native and long-time professional musician, Devon has presented papers for the Arizona Historical Society and the Western Historical Association.  

A reception at ALAC with Devon Leal Bridgewater will follow the film.

Film poster: Photo credit: Courtesy of Roy Germano
Photo of Germano speaking: Photo credit: Photo by Matthew Mance


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