The second film in our Filmmakers Showcase strand is Alison Murray’s personal homage to the working class musicians and dancers of Buenos Aires’s San Telmo neighbourhood, who have channelled the city’s many ethnic influences into the hypnotic street performance's known as murga.
Every year, Pichi (Hector Roterio) a local taxi driver, assembles a group of locals to train for the annual parade. At first glance, they don’t look promising - Sergio has clearly led a hard life but turns out to be a surprisingly fluid dancer. Maria Eva comes alive teaching murga moves to the new girls in the neighborhood, under her watchful eye, they practice the rhythms and its accompanying steps.
Murga is a remnant of Argentina’s former African communities, but is now practiced by anyone in this impoverished neighbourhood who can surrender to its pull.
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