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Flamenco: the Land Is Still Fertile (Flamenco: la tierra está viva)

Eve A. Ma (dir.), Antonio de la Malena (asso. dir.)
Eve A. Ma
Two flamenco dancers receiving applauses on stage.

" Flamenco:  the Land Is Still Fertile (Flamenco:  la tierra está viva)": in 2010, UNESCO declared that flamenco was part of the universal cultural heritage of mankind. Our documentary looks at that passionate art form, and shows how traditional flamenco is in danger of disappearing.   It is rapidly being replaced by flamenco fusion, and most people don't even know the difference.

Shooting in Spain (in Spanish with English subtitles), we show what the original, true flamenco really is and clarify its links to the land and the people who gave it birth. We also enter into the lively debate as to who created it - gitanos (Spanish Gypsies)? or the "native" inhabitants of Spain? Finally, we make it clear that this is a powerful and important art form - one worth understanding and saving.  

Directed by Eve A. Ma, with internationally touring gitano flamenco singer Antonio de la Malena as Associate Director, the documentary uses famous professionals as well as people from the community to make its points.  We are treated to plenty of performance, fascinating interviews, historical photos and pithy commentary.  In the process, we learn a great deal about flamenco and also about gitanos, a community that has contributed so much to the development and preservation this art form.

We have completed 92% of principal production, and about 75% of the editing. Please help us get over the hump so we can finish this wonderful, feature-length documentary!