Monday, April 8, 2013

Today's Video: Border Beats

Documentary filmmaker Les Blank passed away last Sunday at the age of 77.

He was best known for directing "Warner Eats His Shoe" but for nearly fifty years he was behind dozens of documentaries on a variety of subjects.  One of his films, "Chulas Fronteras," examined the impact of norteño music along the U.S.-Mexico border region.  This 1976 film features musicians including Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza and Los Alegres de Teran and provides a glimpse of life among migrant workers in the U.S.

The following is a brief excerpt of "Chulas Fronteras," which was selected in 1993 for preservation as part of the U.S. National Film Registry:

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Video Source - YouTube via user Fliefer

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