A NIGHT OF CALYPSO
(Una Noche de Calipso)
Country: Argentina, Panama
Original Title: Una Noche de Calipso
Running Time: 92min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Reel Music
Calypso came into the American consciousness largely through the success of the great Harry Belafonte in the 1950s, but this gorgeous musical tradition can be traced back to the mid-19th century at least, when its unique rhythmic sway and intricate melodies emerged in the heart of the Caribbean.
This musically irresistible and culturally vital documentary from Fernando Muñoz offers a history of calypso by profiling one of the last active Panamanian calypso ensembles, Grupo Amistad, as they mount a truly glorious concert. Through rehearsals, interviews and, most of all, the music itself, A Night of Calypso functions as a call to ensure that this dynamic genre, with all its aesthetic, social and political history intact, survives, thrives, and is passed onto the next generation.
Director: Fernando Muñoz
Producer: Fernando Muñoz, Guillermina Martin
Screenwriter: Fernando Muñoz, Joaquin Horna
Executive Producer: Fernando Muñoz, Guillermina Martin, Isabella Galvez, Jose Tuñon, Ileana Novas, Pablo Schvedfinger
Production Company: Enlaces S.A.
Music: Billy Herron
Cinematographer: Raphael Salazar
Editor: Juan Pablo Di Bitonto