Mountain Music of Peru
This classic documentary on the centuries-old music of the Andes demonstrates the importance or the region’s musical heritage in preserving the cultural identity of the impoverished native peoples.
The musical thread that runs through the Andes extends back past the ancient culture of the Incas, and it is strong enough to have successfully resisted both the Spanish conquest and the forces of modern Western culture. This musical journey travels from small towns and remote mountain villages to the capital city of Lima, showing how Peru’s popular music connects even the most isolated people.
This outstanding documentary will delight students and generate thought and discussion in classes in cultural anthropology, Latin American and Andean studies, ethnomusicology, popular culture, and global and development studies — any class in which cultural identity is considered. It was produced by renowned filmmaker and musician John Cohen.