Competition Documentary Feature
Fandango at the Wall
Directed by: Varda Bar-Kar
USA, 2020, 93m
East Coast Premiere/2nd US Screening
Arturo O’Farrill is the founder of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. He coordinates an inspiring music and dance festival called Fandango Fronterizo that takes place at the border of Tijuana and San Diego. The festival’s mission is to show that, no matter what walls may physically exist to separate us, art can be the bridge that makes those walls pointless. Touching on diversity in music, immigration policy, and how music can unite, Fandango at the Wall shines a light on this 300-year-old folk music tradition of son jarocho from Mexico that still has transformative power today. Executive produced by Quincy Jones, it’s a timely and celebratory story about a group of amazing musicians—reminiscent of Buena Vista Social Club—at the height of their talent. In the face of violence and instability triggered by mass human migrations and government atrocities, they have been moved to claim their community’s right to belong and to be happy via the fandango.
Stoan “Move” Galela and his United Township Dancers are inspiring kids in Khayelitsha, South Africa, to find the strength to break the chains of abuse and poverty.