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Added to the calendar on Friday Sep 21st, 2012 12:23 AM
Live Perfromance by Son Altepee on Manovuelta Fall 2012 Film Tour with Simon Sedillo
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30th
Location: 10 Werner Rd. Springfield Grange
(FILM/DISCUSSION+MUSIC AND DANCE)
If you cant make that one, there is one more!!!! :)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31st
This fall 5 traditional string musicians from Acayucan, Veracruz known as the collective “Son Altepee”, will be touring a short documentary film, performances, and discussions. We will be touring a short documentary talking about their work and music, and how they use it as a tool for community organizing. We will also be talking about the current political situation in Mexico, including the effects of neoliberalsm on communities in Veracruz, the so-called war on drugs, and the current electoral fraud scandal. Here is a little bit more about how they see themselves and the world around them.
Is a community rights defense organizer and filmmaker. He has spent the last 9 years documenting, producing and teaching community based video documentation in Mexico and the US. Through lectures, workshops, and short films, Sedillo breaks down the effects of neoliberalism, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and militarism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the US and Mexico. Through collaborative media projects, Sedillo’s work has contributed to a growing network of communities whose primary objective is to share, teach, and learn from one another, about community based media production and the collective construction of horizontal networks of community rights defense.
Manovuelta: works on different types of community based media productions with indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color both in the US and in Mexico. "Ayer, Hoy y Mañana: Música Tradicional de Cuerdas” , "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Traditional String Music" is the project that will be touring this Fall 2012.
Son Altepee make their own instruments, repair instruments, teach string music, contribute to traditional community celebrations, build community with elders and youth in several communities throughout southern Veracruz, and they support several struggles for liberation and self determination in Veracruz and throughout Mexico. Their work sets the bar a lot higher for anybody that is trying to build anything, from the bottom up.
Here is a little bit more about how they see themselves and the world around them:
We are a group of youth from different parts of southern Veracruz who see string music as a tool of social consciousness in a shared environment: the huapango, a traditional celebration of our indigenous communities. We promote community based organization and participation. We believe it is possible to achieve a common good through community values, as opposed to the social structures imposed by the high circles of power. The mass media and official educational structures show us that individualism, corruption, violence, and oblivion are the foundations of modern day life. Through our contact with elder musicians from our region we have learned that there are many different ways to live this life, which can be based on a sense of community, memory, collective work, respect and equality. These are the foundations we have to build a society based upon the collective inheritance of our peoples."