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August 25, 2011

Curfew Cinema

Welcome to the fourth edition of Curfew Cinema, a fun way to beat the curfew blues. From 9pm (T+T time) on Friday 16th September until 4am on Monday 19th September, you can stream the ttff/10 feature The Duke of Bachata, here, free of charge. Enjoy!

the film

Bachatais a musical genre from the Dominican Republic that evolved from bolero and is characterized by its distinctive lead guitar and the sensual dance it inspires. Although it was frowned upon and repressed within its own country of origin, bachata is now enjoying increased popularity worldwide. One of its practitioners is 37-year-old Joan Soriano, who is on the edge of international success.

The bachatas and merengues Soriano plays draw upon a variety of musical influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also a practitioner of Afro-Dominican traditional salve and palo, and he blends these percussive styles with guitar-based bachata to create a fresh sound. The Duke of Bachata is alive with Dominican music and culture, and is an intimate portrait of one man’s hopes, fears and dreams, and how much his success means to his family and community.

Click here if you want to view the trailer.

 

the director

Adam Taub is a documentary filmmaker from Colorado who became interested in bachata during a year-abroad college programme in the Dominican Republic. Taub’s previous work includes the award-winning La Quinceañera, which follows a girl and her family as they prepare for and celebrate her Quince Años (15th birthday) in Tijuana, Mexico. He is at work on a second bachata-related film, Legends, and another that explores his family’s Halloween mask- and costume-making business.

 

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This film has now finished – hope you enjoyed it!






 
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