Streaming premiere of celebrated documentary series

Los Cenzontles proudly announces the online premiere of its celebrated documentary trilogy that explore issues of tradition, identity, and arts education in working class communities.

The films, directed by Mexican filmmaker Ricardo Braojos and produced by Eugene Rodriguez, will be released in order of its production.

The first of the series, Pasajero, A Journey of Time and Memory, can be streamed through the link provided below.

Pasajero: A Journey of Time and Memory, a one-hour documentary, is an authentic and uplifting story that follows a group of young inner-city Mexican-American musicians to Mexico where they seek a deeper meaning of its traditions.
They accompany their teacher, an elderly violinist, on his homecoming to his pueblo in Jalisco. The group tours a musical presentation of a long-forgotten style of pre-commercial mariachi in Mexico and California’s Central Valley where they meet fascinating characters that embody the spirit of old Mexico. Pasajero is a heartfelt reminder of the vital role that music plays in defining our identities.

Pasajero features interviews with an array of musicians and musicologists including Julian Gonzalez, Nati Cano of Mariachi Los Camperos, Dan Sheehy of Smithsonian Folkways and Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records.

Released in 2004, Pasajero was distributed nationally on public television through American Public Television and Latino Public Broadcasting.

Stay tuned for upcoming releases of the second and third documentaries in the trilogy; Fandango, Searching for the White Monkey; and Vivir (To Live).
The films were created with support from Contacto Cultural (Rockefeller/Fonca/Bancomer), The James Irvine Foundation, The Ford FoundationThe Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The National Endowment for the ArtsThe California Arts Council, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Bay Area Video CoalitionThe Lef Foundation, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, and The Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura.

Physical DVDs of these documentaries can be purchased at our online store and licensing for showings can be obtained through the Academy.