Venue and Date
CCA Theatre, 5 April 2019
15:15 doors –
PICO: Un parlante de Africa en America is a documentary lm focusing on the Colombian tradition of Picós, heavily decorated soundsystems that animate street parties of the Costa Atlàntica.
Its history can be traced back to the 1960s, yet its roots are to be found deeper, at the time of slavery routes, when coastal cities like Barranquilla and Cartage- na played a huge role as points of access in the trade. As a privileged gateway, Colombia’s coast granted access to the technological devices and cultural products – including music from West Africa – that became the basis of Pico culture.
The local painters, wood carvers and music selectors who stimulate the tradi- tion are very much aware of its peculiar history and signi cance in the culture at large: the Pico system carries a tradition of revolt against subjugation and the dispossessed’s struggle. Through interviews shot in Barranquilla, Cartage- na and Palenque, they speak earnestly of the craft and its surroundings, elabo- rating on a phenomenon so multifaceted as its musical and visual aspects are entrancing.
Invernomuto’s direction gives equal space to this loud and kaleidoscopic envi- ronment and to the naturally unfolding narrative of a story yet to be written.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film-makers Jim.C Nedd and Palm Wine – who will also be presenting a special Guarapo DJ set on the Saturday of the festival.
Accessibility: The CCA Theatre is on the 1st floor of the building and can be accessed from a lift on the ground floor.