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Domino: Caught in the Crisis (Dominó: agarrado por la crisis) (Drama, 2014)

Domino

Domino, a drama shot in Spain when that country was in the middle of a economic crisis stars Antonio de la Malena as Luis, with supporting actors Luis de la Tota, Nicolás Montoya and others. It tells the story of a middle-aged family man who has lost his job and gotten caught up in the failing economy. Will Luis find a new job and be able to protect his family? Will son Juan's girlfriend stick with her fiancé in spite of the family's financial difficulties?

Reminding us of what happened in the U.S. just a few years ago, the film is also relevant to anyone concerned about the income gap, the incredible burden of student loans, and the homeless situation. Directed by Eve A. Ma.

1 hour, in Spanish with English subtitles. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

The Spanish Experimentals (Experimental Shorts, 2015)

Domino

The three experimental shorts on this DVD were all shot in Spain: Two Streets & Adela (Dos Calles y una Chica), Tone Poem with Hang Drum (poema en 4 dimensiones con hang drum) and Her (Ella). They are full of local color and the two longer ones include some gorgeous music.

And the stories? well, a good day for Adela, a not very good day for Dolores, and then, there's the street, the man, and the flower. Directed by Eve A. Ma.

55 min., in Spanish with English subtitles. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

DOCUMENTARIES

MASTERS OF RHYTHM

Three of Peru's best-known percussionists - Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito, and Huevito - perform for us and talk about their Afro-Peruvian heritage and culture. Shot in Peru, it has screened in seven festivals in four countries and won two prizes.

"...Highly recommended..." C. Block for Video Librarian

"...the energy is papable....A fine choice." Barbara J. Walters for EMRO (Edu. Media Reviews Online)

"...a rare and delightful glimpse..." John Santos, five times Grammy nominee and faculty, California Jazz Convervatory

28 min., in English, and Spanish with English subtitles. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

OF BEAUTY & DEITIES: MUSIC & DANCE OF INDIA

This work focuses on southern Indian classical bharatanatyam dance and music with performers from India and the Indian diaspora. With artistic directors K.P. Kunhiraman (former instructor at the Kalakshetra Institute in Chennai) and Katherine Kunhiraman (former student there).

"...visually pleasing, informative and entertaining. Recommended." J. Reed for Video Librarian

"The footwork is fast and the costumes, beautiful." Multicultural Review

"Wow! What a wonderful presentation of the music, dance and culture...." Greg & Gabriela McVicar, Walnut Creek, CA.

1 hour, in English. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

A ZEST FOR LIFE

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A Zest for Life (as revised in 2015) was finalist, Best Documentary, San Diego Black Film Festival in 2016 and screened in other festivals in the U.S., France and Germany. Shot in California and Peru, it informs us about traditional Afro-Peruvian music and dance, showing its connection to Latin jazz.

"Lalo Izquierdo...is so compelling, you just might jump up and join in." Dierdre Towers, former curator, Dance on Camera Festival

"...exciting and varied tradition...." Brad Eden for EMRO (Edu. Media Reviews On-line)

...satisfing...good educationa tool...." Troy Bedford for Anthropology Review

1 hour, in English, and Spanish with English subtitles. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

WEAVING WITH SPANISH THREADS: AN IMMIGRANT'S TALE

Immigrant Francisco Perez, 98-years old, was full of stories - of childhood in Spain, crossing to come to Hawaii, his life there and later in California, where he settled permanently. Supplemented by on-location footage and accounts by descendants of these Spanish immigrants.

"...accessible and fascinating...." Prof. Maddeline Marinari, St. Bonaventure Univ.

"A 'must-see' for any serious student of immigrantion, plantation life and...historical storytelling." Prof. John P. Rosa, Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa

"The elderly gentleman could so easily have been my grandfather. It was almost like hearing him speak again." Cathy Continente, daughter of Spanish immigrants.

1 hour, in English. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

PEARLS FROM THE SEA: MUSIC & DANCE OF TAHITI

Tahitian music and dance (not to be confused with the music and dance of Hawaii) is a story-telling art form and let's admit it - it's pretty sexy as well. Our performers are having a great time - not just the dancers, but also the musicians; we added interviews and historical information to round it all out.

A great show for anyone interested in Polynesia, or world music and dance, or who just wants to see fun, fast-moving performance.

40 min., in English. BUY NOW with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

ROOTS & BRANCHES (series of 7)

The rich cultures we have in the United States are an amazing delight. Roots and Branches is an interview series of 30-minute stand-alone videos about ethnic and cultural diversity. Shot in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is relevant to almost any major urban area in the United States, and many smaller cities as well. We shot this back in the "days of the dinosaurs" - the 1990s - but have since added photographs and additional footage.

The people interviewed include native born and immigrants. Ethnically, they are African-American, Hmong, Native American, Mexican, Persian (from Iran), Caucasian American and Romanian.

Individual episodes are about 30 min. each; in English. BUY SERIES of 7 episodes with PayPal or (educational institutions) send purchase order.

MUSIC ALBUMS

Para ti mi cante...que es mi libertad - featuring Antonio de la Malena

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Antonio de la Malena's double album of flamenco singing (cante), Para ti mi cante.... includes 16 tracks for a full two hours of very fine, traditional flamenco. He is accompanied by guitarists Manuel Parilla, Domingo Rubichi, Malena Hijo and Santiago Moreno.

In addition to well-known flamenco forms like alegrias, bulerias and seguiriyas, etc., Malena sings us trilla, serrana, and other less well-known forms. A very complete album that aficionados will appreciate.

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AFRO-PERUVIAN RHYTHMS - FEATURING "DE ROMPE Y RAJA," LALO IZQUIERDO & JORGE LUIS JASSO

This is the sound track from our documentary, A Zest for Life and contains eight numbers. Featurered singers are the well-know criollo sing/songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso as well as Rosa de los Santos (of "de Rompe y Raja") and Lalo Izquierdo. Izquierdo also contributes a lively and eye-opening cajón drum demonstration of rhythms of North and South America.

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