DER Documentary

Carnaval De Pueblo (Town Carnival)


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by Jerome Mintz
color, 58 min, 1987
English subtitles




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Carnival time is big in this small Spanish town in Andalusia. Appropriately described by a local as a 'newspaper', the carnival is a time of dressing up and coming together. The men compose 'spicy' songs about local affairs and sing their social criticisms of national events.

This documentary films the composers and singers, as they get ready for the carnival, giving us a glimpse into the lives of the people, their homes and their families. When one composer names a parent of an illegitimate child, the townspeople debate the right of privacy and the difference between entertainment and insult during their irreverent festitives.

"In some ways it (Carnaval de Pueblo) is the best ethnographic film on Spain I have seen, partly because it pretends to be so little, yet delivers so much. Carnaval captures the essence of Andalusian festival in all its color and intensity."— David Gilmore, Visual Anthropology 1990

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology, 1988



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