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The documentary will screen next at the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, on Nov. 7, 2017 at 12 noon, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. If you live in that area, you won't want to miss it! Here is a LINK to the event.


It was with great satisfaction that we were able to present the documentary in my home-away-from-home, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. It showed to a very nice-sized and receptive audience in the Ciclo de Cine de la Sala la Quemá (Plaza la Quemada, 5), on September 29, 2017. A photo from that event and the host's comments are on this site's HOME page, at the bottom.


We were also (and earlier) delighted with the documentary's reception in its very first general public event, which took place on July 22, 2017, in a cultural center in Berkeley, in the San Francisco Bay Area (California, USA). The event was called Cajón is King: the Compelling Rhythms of Afro-Peru.

For this exciting event, we paired a screening of the documentary with a performance by the niece of Lalo Izquierdo, one of the documentary's three stars. There was also a Q&A with the director - and with the niece, Peta Robles, who talked about her family and growing up with cajón in a culturally very active Afro-Peruvian family. Robles, who demonstrated a variety of Afro-Peruvian instruments (cajita, quijada de burro) as well as providing a taste of the colorful "hatajos de negritos" dance, was accompanied by Gabriela Shiroma and Rosa los Santos of the group "de Rompe y Raja."

EARLY SCREENINGS: The film first saw the light of day in the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes (France - April 16-20, 2016). From there, it moved on to the Black International Cinema Berlin (Germany - May 13-15, 2016), where it won the award Best Film in the Fine Arts category. Next, it screened in California's Berkeley Video & Film Festival (USA - Oct. 20-Nov. 6, 2016), where it won the award Best Ethnographic Music Documentary.

From there, it moved to Los Angeles where it screened twice in the Pan African Film Festival (USA - Feb. 9-20, 2017). Its next stop was the Oakland International Film Festival in California's San Francisco Bay Area (USA - April 4-8, 2017), then at the end of April it screened in California's San Diego Black Film Festival (USA - April 26-30, 2017) and in Lima, Peru in the Festival Internacional del Cajón (PERU - April 28-30, 2017).

Then, it screened in the Festival Internacional de Kutuka, on Aug. 18, 2017, in Cañete, PERU


We are also negotiating to put Masters of Rhythm on television, and have signed contracts with several educational distributors including Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and Alexander Street Press. SIGN UP HERE for our newsletter to keep informed.