Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Film Screening and Discussion: "So Near…So Far”

Thu, October 5, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for a screening of the recently released Cuba/USA documentary film on the life of Pablo Menéndez, "So Near…So Far” by award-winning Cuban director Lourdes Prieto and L.A. Chicano filmmaker David Sandoval. Robin Moore, Professor in the Butler School of Music, will faciliate a discussion after the screening.

Born in Oakland, California, Pablo Menéndez arrived in Cuba in 1966 at age 14 with his mother, Barbara Dane, a blues, jazz and folk singer and the first American performing artist to defy the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba and perform openly on the island after the Revolution. Pablo went to Havana to study music for a year but ended up staying there his whole life, becoming a symbol of the deep cultural ties between the U.S and Cuba. For the last 50 years, he has been part of Cuba’s sound track as lead guitarist for legendary bands such as the Grupo de Experimentación Sonora of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) and Sintesis, and as director of his own group, Mezcla. With their unique blend of Cuban son, rumba, yoruba, troba, rock, blues and jazz, Mezcla has toured all over the world playing major festivals in dozens of countries, including the U.S. "So Near… So Far” tells the story of Pablo’s extraordinary life as an active participant in the Cuban Revolution’s music scene and his role as a “musical bridge” between the the U.S. and Cuba.

Sponsored by: the Center for Mexican American Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies, the Butler School of Music, and the College of Fine Arts.

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