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Rockumental series kicks off at Rojas

Luis Alberto Spinetta in a scene from Lidia Milani’s Pescado Rabioso.
By Pablo Suárez
For the Herald

New films about Argentine rock music to be screened over the next three days

“Documentaries about Argentine rock music are booming — as though there were a need to document the experiences of bands and musicians. And documentary makers, who are also viewers and take part in the phenomenon, establish an alliance with the protagonists of the stories to leave evidence of a number of unique moments. The links between cinema and Argentine rock used to be sporadic and polemical. Not anymore,” says Raúl Manrupe, coordinator of the Cinema and Video Area of the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (Corrientes 2038) about the documentary series La pesada del doc, which opens this year’s programme and will take to the screen today, Thursday and Friday with screenings at 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm.

Argentine rock music is about to turn 50-year-old, a long stretch of time marked by constant evolution with many rewarding changes. In these last few years, local cinema has focused on the phenomenon by making the most diverse films about famous bands and not so famous musicians as well.

La pesada del doc offers viewers a series of documentaries which feature an unprecedented collection of original recordings of tours, personal interviews, previously unseen archive footage, and an up-and-close look at the secrets of rehearsals and backstage life. And there will be some surprises along the way.

Moreover, the programme is not only about screening films but also about bringing together producers, directors and musicians to introduce their films as they share their experiences in making them.

There will also be round tables and debates on audiovisual production and the so-called rockumental (rock documentaries). The programme is as follows:

Pescado Rabioso (Lidia Milani) — After some 38 years, the band Pescado Rabioso meets again at the concert “Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas,” at the Velez Sarsfield on December 4, 2009. A great chance to get more than a glimpse at their rehearsals and to listen to their members speak up in candid, intimate interviews.

Blues de los plomos (Paulo Soria and Gabriel Patrono) — Los plomos, the so-called “workers of the rock” are the men in charge of constructing and organizing the stage, the indispensable assistants that fan members never get to know. The documentary focuses on Jota, who worked for Almafuerte, the iconic band of local heavy metal; and Aníbal “La Vieja” Barrios, the assistant of Luis Alberto Spinetta for 34 years.

La H (Nicanor Loreti) — Hermética was another emblematic band of Argentine heavy metal. It was, in fact, the only band of its kind that almost became a truly massive phenomenon. The documentary tells all about its history: the reasons for its legendary status, why it is so relevant today, and why it couldn’t get any bigger in its own time.

El rey del rocanrol, la leyenda de Pajarito Zaguri (Nestor Rodríguez Correa). A film that seeks to capture the essential traits of the lifestyle of Pajarito Zaguri, a rebel beatnik like no other. There are testimonies by his daughter, journalist Pipo Lernoud, and musicians Moris, Claudia Puyó and Ciro Fogliata. Most importantly: the film follows Pajarito through the most diverse situations (tours, concerts, family times) for some two years.

Twanguero (Javier Pistani) — Valencia-born Diego García, the guitar player of Andrés Calamaro and El Cigala, settles in Buenos Aires to prepare his new record, Argentina Songbook, an homage to Argentine music.

Cisma (Julián Lona) — An everyday, intimate approach to musicians such as Gustavo Santaolalla, Jimmy Rep, Leo García, and Walas (among others) as they adapt to the new paradigms brought on by the digital revolution. A look at how these artists take advantage of new technologies in order to show their material in a mass medium such as the Internet.

Jessico, una historia de rock en tiempos convulsos (Alejandro Arias). A full account of the history of Babasónicos, a band born amid the economic and political mayhem of 2001 when the financial system in Argentina collapsed, including a selection of images from their 2011 surprise concert celebrated to commemorate the 10 years of Jessico, their first record.

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