Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Alberto Arvelo

Country: Venezuela
Language: English, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Guaco: Semblanza

Running Time: 77min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Reel Music

“Music is freedom.” These words, spoken by founder, director and vocalist Gustavo Aguado, speak volumes about the enduring power of Guaco, the Venezuelan super-group that has been thrilling listeners and for decades. Formed in 1968 in Maracaibo, the 17-member outfit, with their sprawling diversity of sources and inspiration—gaita, salsa, pop, jazz—is gloriously impossible to pigeonhole.

This vibrant documentary from Alberto Arvelo—last at the Festival with To Play and to Fight—functions both as a history and a portrait in present-tense, following the band as they rehearse in the studio and tour Japan and the US. Brimming with performance and interviews, Guaco: Semblanza is an electrifying musical journey that will enrich your sense of what Latin music can be—and infuse your body with rhythms that will keep you moving long after the credits roll.


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Director: Alberto Arvelo
Producer: Gabriela Camejo, Víctor Márquez
Executive Producer: Gilberto Aguado

Cinematographer: Juan Toledo
Editor: Nascuy Linares, Camilo Pineda

Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo is a filmmaker from Caracas. His directorial credits include A House with a View of the Sea (01), To Play and to Fight (06), which screened at the Festival, Cyrano Fernández (07) and The Liberator (13). Guaco: Semblanza (17) is his latest film.