The Guggenheim Theater in the Park & Market
Festival de octubre en Baja California: Screening of the documentary “Fandango at the Wall”
The Festival de Octubre concludes its October festivities by screening “Fandango at the Wall” (2020), a documentary that takes you on the journey of Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder and conductor Arturo O’Farrill in the remotest regions of Veracruz, México, in search of musicians. Here he met the masters of 300 years of folkloric music: San Jarocho.
The film documents how he and his orchestra teamed up with the masters for a son jarocho music and dance festival called ‘Fandango Fronterizo,’ founded by Jorge Francisco Castillo. The two groups combine their musical talent, using elements of the US/Mexico border divide to create unity during Fandango at the Wall, an annual festival that takes place simultaneously on both sides of the border.
The activity resulted in two recorded albums, one of which received a Grammy Award; a book was also written; and they filmed this HBO Max documentary. Fandango is a party where everyone joins the show. This is the spirit that unites this project and the reason we look forward to our invitation to join us as we screen this documentary and have the opportunity to hear from those who made it and seal the presentation with “palomazo,” which is often used to refer to a loud musical performance by some film musicians.
Don’t miss this amazing in-person event! Join us at UC San Diego Park &Market for a special screening of the documentary “Fandango at the Wall.” Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Baja California and discover the beauty of fandango, a Mexican musical tradition.