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Cante Jondo, Granada 1922

Cante Jondo, Granada 1922

 

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Granada, 1922. Manuel de Falla dreams every night about the ancestral songs that his nanny sang to him as a child… The composer is worried about the disappearance of the authentic flamenco and primitive Andalusian songs to become commercial. In agreement with two other enthusiasts, Federico García Lorca and Miguel Cerón, they decide to devise a rescue plan that will reach the whole world. It is when the first Concurso de Cante Jondo was born.

The idea is supported by artists from all over Europe, but at the same time finds obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable, such as the lack of funds, the threat of an imminent strike and the ruthless opposition of some very influential local journalists, who disparage the initiative as “Spanishness”. In spite of all this, the contest is held in the Alhambra with artists coming from all over Andalusia. A huge success from the critics and the audience. Falla and his friends can finally be proud, flamenco will be from then on an undisputed cultural heritage.

Genre: Documentary
Director: José Sanchez Montes
Duration: 52′ or 90′
Format: HD

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