By Daniela CAMINO, César BORIE


Documentary - Post-Production 2016

In the Chilean Andean plateau, the musicians of the brass band Alcones must fulfill their ambitious agenda of religious and local celebrations. The altitude, their precarious van and their tired bodies threaten to boycott the Hawk’s impressive record: they’ve never lost a contract.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Daniela CAMINO, César BORIE
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Musicians of the brass band "Alcones," who live in Arica, devote their lives to playing the andean celebrations in diverse cities and towns. To keep up with the packed-in scheduele of festivities, they must negotiate with their families and at their work places; not a month goes by without hitting the road. They arrive, they play, sleep in precarious conditions, they eat in excess, drink, and then they play again, repeating this uncountable times, in a beer, prayer, dance and faith frenzy that, out of respect and because of their contract, they can't free themselves from, as they play well-cared tunes and show profound knowledge of the traditions. Carlos (42) directs the band, he fights to maintain the band cohesive and with high spirits, as he deals with mundane but heroic difficulties. His side wings are Chino (44), Choroy (43) and Chato (30) as protagonists of this documentary. Karen (32), Carlos' wife, questions his lifestyle, she wants a more calm and safer one for his son. Chino has a mechanic workshop with his brothers, he's the best tymbalist of the region and his grand daughter's favorite. Gallant Choroy, cymbalist, is a restless man with various hobbies. Chato, trumpet and bombo player, is a little man with bad temper, he lives with his mother and fixes bikes. Through this thrilling documentary, we set off with Alcones' and experience first-hand the bands ironic mix of motivation: fame, respect, admiration, devotion and the exciting fascination of being musicians.