Cantadoras: Musical Memories of Life and Death in Colombia

Photo by Manuel Ortíz Escámez
Photo by Manuel Ortíz Escámez
Cantadoras Film Poster
Photo by Manuel Ortíz Escámez


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  • event type:WOMEX 18 Film Library
  • date:25 Oct 2018
  • time:10:00 - 18:00
  • city/area:Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • venue:Film Room 1, INFECAR
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Directed by Maria Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez
Duration 70’ | Spanish with English subtitles

Production Country and Year: Mexico/Colombia, 2017
Produced by: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Estudios Churubusco, Fondo Cantadoras
Producers: Amaranta Diaz Carnero
Director of Photography: Manuel Ortiz Escámez
Sound: Emilia López Guzmán, Mario Laborde, Maria Fernanda Carrillo
Editor: Emilia López Guzmán
Contact: Maria Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez

The term “Cantadora” comes from traditional Colombian music influenced by African roots and refers to the women that compose and sing their songs while going through their daily chores. Maria Fernanda Sánchez identifies throughout her research the musical and political richness in this practice, thus defining the different analytical axes to compare the relationship between the music and the complex political situation found in the regions where the documentary was shot. The women share and denounce their experiences through their lyrics and singing, resulting in an expression of cultural resistance in radicalised contexts and territories.

Maria Fernanda Carrillo is a researcher and filmmaker. Co-coordinator of the Laboratorio de Medios Audiovisuales (LaMA) at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM). She graduated with a Master of Documentary Filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos and the Facultad de Artes y Diseño (UNAM). She also has a masters in Social Sciences and Sociology.