RAI@USC 2020: Cantadoras: Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia

Saturday, March 7 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Taper Hall (THH), 201
3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Cantadoras: Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia (70 min, 2017)
Directed by María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez
Country of production: Mexico

A portrait of life in rural Colombia, towards its Caribbean coast, told through the words and songs of the resilient Afro-Colombian singers that farm there. Through intimate interviews and the evocative chants of the bullerengeue (cumbia-based style traditionally sung exclusively by women), we learn of their everyday experiences of hardship and survival. They speak movingly of memories of violence at the hands of paramilitaries, and the power of song to build intergenerational strength and give voice to dignity and creativity. Weaving songs, interviews, and archive footage, Cantadoras is a musical journey through ancestral resistance to violence, from working in white-owned mines, civil war in which violence rests heavily on rural communities, and the challenges of today’s situation.

Hosted by Veronica Pacheco

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Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Conference/Symposia, Arts, Film Screening


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


University Park Campus


Anthropology, Dornsife, visual anthropology, rai@usc




Open to the public and free to attend.



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