On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the Bronx Borough President & the Bronx Tourism Council hosted a screening and panel of HBO’s “Fandango at the Wall.”
“Fandango at the Wall” follows Arturo O’Farrill, maestro Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder, and Kabir Sehgal, bestselling author and Grammy-winning music producer, as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
“Fandango at the Wall” is inspired by the annual music festival called Fandango Fronterizo, which unites people in son jarocho’s song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. Before recording, Fandango Fronterizo organizer, Jorge Francisco Castillo, takes O’Farrill and Sehgal on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico, where son jarocho, the 300-hundred-year-old folk music combining indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions originated. As they travel to the most remote regions of the Veracruz coast, they meet legendary son jarocho musicians and recruit them for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate at the annual border celebration, promoting peace, and celebrating unity.
From executive producers Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, Carlos Santana, and director Varda Bar-Kar, the film introduces the beautiful music of the region through intimate storytelling and captivating concert footage. “Fandango at the Wall” is a powerful reminder of music’s ability to bridge cultural barriers.
The panelists included Jorge Francisco Castillo (Founder, Fandango Fronterizo), Arturo O’Farrill (Founder, Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra), Varda Bar-Kar (Director), and Kabir Sehgal (Producer).
The view the discussion, please visit here.