Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazón

86 mins.
Directed by Les Blank
English and Spanish with subtitles
1976 & 1979

This double feature of Les Blank's CHULAS FRONTERAS and DEL MERO CORAZÓN serves as a lively 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 Tejanos, with the plight of migrant workers adding a sobering backbeat to these joyous films.

Presented with support from Dean's Beans Organic Coffee.