The Half Century Song
Since the Independence war and throughout the Mexican revolution, itinerant musicians have been a long tradition in Mexico's history.Their songs reveal Mexico's cultural identity, depicting stories of war and romance, of endurance and corruption, of tenderness and loss.
Music however, is not only for their survival and resistance. As we uncover their second identities as farmers and fishermen immersed in the crude reality of their personal lives, a richer and more complex image arises, which shows the roots of their struggle, going back hundreds of years.
Our main protagonist, "Gaby" Aguirre, writes songs that reflect his harsh upbringing, shaped by the beautiful but endangered environment, the character of which constitutes the core of their communities, threatened by greedy developers, corrupt politicians and narco lords.
The title of this feature length project comes from one of Gaby's songs, which you can hear in the short demo, where he talks about the painful changes that his environment has suffered within his lifetime.
Why we will do it
We believe that art is transformative. When done without compromises, without fear, it can change lives and reach the hearts and minds of people who might not otherwise choose to see or hear that which is around them, that has been render invisible through generations of denial.
Sometimes a song or an image can trigger that change which we all know is needed today. We believe that powerful ideas and not guns can crumble the walls of corruption and intimidation under which our protagonists live.
How we will do it.
Throughout a number of years Juan Manuel has gained the trust of the community and of the individual musicians, farmers and fishermen which we will follow. Our main base of operations, La Peñita de Jaltemba, is a small and distressed town in the coast of Nayarit, Mexico, where all our characters live and struggle to survive but also enjoy what this extraordinary region offers.
As we live inside the homes of some of our protagonists and follow their daily struggles, both personal and public, we will weave the story that evolves from their own life that they so generously agree to share with us.
T-shirt design generously donated by artist Rich Powell (see update above)
Your much needed support will help cover both air and land travel and food expenses of the small main crew, rental of additional equipment such as underwater gear and wireless audio and purchase of recording media, hard drive storage and other consumables. We will pay all our protagonists for all the time that we demand from them, for housing us in their homes and for sometimes interfering with their daily routine. We will also hire our assistant personnel locally.
Any additional support would go to buy a smaller HD camera to take places where larger equipment would be dangerous.