Latin IS America film Screening: As I Walk Through the Valley
Venue: MSU Community Music School, East Lansing
Music Documentary Film
Please note: This event will continue as planned. Parking lot and walkways for the MSU Community Music School will be cleared and salted.
A documentary about the secret history of underground music in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Cosponsored by the 2018 MSU LatinX Film Festival.
As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it. The Rio Grande Valley has been called a flashpoint for the creation of Mexican-American Culture in the United States. Roughly 230 miles south of San Antonio, the river delta known as The Valley is a network of cities and roads that sits at the southernmost border between the United States and Mexico. Combining over 100 hours of interviews as well as never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, this documentary tracks the musical evolution of a region that has forged its own unique identity between two countries.
Charlie Vela & Ronnie Garza/United States/2017/81 min
Free and open to the public
MSU Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing
The Latin IS America event series is supported through a grant from the MSU Office for inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and coordinated by the MSU College of Music.