cachila

Thursday, November 11, 7 pm.                                                                                                             

Alfonso Elder Student Union, NCCU. Durham, NC

Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe

Sebastián Bednarik. (Uruguay, 2008) 57 min.


Candombe is the most popular manifestation of Afro-Uruguayan music.  Originated in ancient African healing and/or religious ceremonies it is performed to the music of a cuerda de tambores, an ensemble of drums of three different sizes (piano, chico and repique) with a specific set of characters dancing and moving along, and the modern addition of vedettes—scantily dressed, voluptuous dancers, heavily made up and crowned with multicolored feathers.  Waldemar Silva, nicknamed Cachila, is the son of Juan Angel Silva one of the patriarchs of Candombe, and founder of the troupe Morenada.  With his father's permission, Cachila left Morenada and created his own group Cuareim 1080—the street address of the Medio Mundo, a tenement where mostly poor black people lived, and where Morenada was originally conceived.  It is also the place where Cachila was born and lived as a child.  The movie starts with Cachila’s first grandson’s birth at a local hospital, suggesting the continuation of some sort of dynasty.  His children not only play the drums masterfully, but are now integral part of the group that consistently gets the highest marks in the Carnaval yearly competition.  The film clearly shows Cachila’s preoccupation for preserving his cultural roots, and how, through subtle persuasion, he uses his family to accomplish his laudable goals.  This film is a magnificent study of the man and his culture, with proper emphasis on performance and the laborious organization of a very special postmodern spectacle. Spanish with English subtitles.

Introduced by Horacio Xaubet. Associate Professor Modern Foreign Languages, NCCU

Trailer: http://www.coral.com.uy/v1/home_esp.html

Special event provided by the Alfonso Elder Student Union. NCCU


MORE ABOUT THE FILM

The Silva family is pioneer and a role model within the community; it shows values and the goal to not let the candombe tradition fade away. Not only do they have an internal hierarchy, but also in his neighbourhood, Waldemar “Cachila” Silva is a respected leader. Cachila decide to pass on his legacy to his sons Matias and Wellington, who should now lead the family business, afro descendants playing candombe, a drum rhythm for the carnival contest and keep the privilege place obtained by the family. Patriarchy, hierarchy and cultural traditions are the concepts that drive this documentary about the life of a man of African descent and a dysfunctional family trying to perpetuate its power, which is crucial for the future of a culture.

(In spanish)

La familia Silva guía una comunidad que aspira a ganarle la batalla al olvido a través de la memoria de una tradición inapelable. En el barrio Sur de Montevideo, Waldemar Silva “Cachila” es respetado
por todos. Su edad lo obliga a transmitir el legado a sus hijos Matías y Wellington que deberán dirigir el negocio familiar -la comparsa de negros y lubolos para competir en carnaval y mantener el lugar que se han ganado. Patriarcado, jerarquías y tradiciones culturales, son los motores de este documental que refleja la vida de un afro descendiente y de una familia disfuncional que intenta legar su poder a las próximas generaciones.


Sebastián Bednarik nació en Montevideo, Uruguay, en 1975. Es director, guionista, actor y autor teatral. Director del documental La Matinée (2006), integra el equipo de dirección de la productora Coral films y de la plataforma de cine itinerante Efecto Cine. Junto a Coral Godoy fue guionista del largometraje de ficción La Espera (2002). Desde 1993 se dedica a la actividad teatral, primero
como actor, luego como autor y director. En 1999 fue premiado con el Florencio Revelación por la dirección de ¿Qué pasó con B.N.?, escrito con Verónica Perrota. En 2002 realizó la puesta en escena de la murga Contrafarsa, que ese año obtuvo el primer premio en el concurso de Carnaval.

Guión y dirección: Sebastián Bednarik
Producción ejecutiva y producción: Andrés Varela
Dirección de fotografía y cámara: Pedro Luque
Sonido: Daniel Yafalián y Pablo Benedetto
Edición: Sebastián Rodríguez
Música: Álvaro Rivero
www.coral.com.uy
Uruguay, 2008 / Beta SX / 72'
Coral Films
Ventas Internacionales
International Sales
Andrés Varela
Coral Films
Echeverría 606 /1
11300 Montevideo, Uruguay
info@coral.com.uy
(5982) 711 39 77
www.coral.com.uy

www.docmontevideo.com

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