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Daniela MUÑOZ BARROSO

  • Cuba
  • 2021
  • 77min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color, b&w

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso has lost most of her hearing and wants to discover the identity of the remarkable musician, Mafifa. Her quest leads her on the trail of an enigmatic woman and makes her question her own head and heart. 

PROGRAM NOTE

How can you feel unheard music? The director, who suffers from bilateral progressive hearing loss and cannot hear high-pitched sounds, becomes intrigued by the Cuban carnival music called Conga. She embarks on a journey to Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of Los Hoyos Conga, driven by curiosity. There, she becomes fascinated by a remarkable female musician, Gladys Esther Linares, also known as Mafifa, who played the bell, a metal percussion instrument. The director's quest to trace Mafifa's footsteps goes back and forth between a first-person road movie and an essay film. There aren't many records left, but many people have intense memories of her, who passed away 40 years ago. Rather than compiling fragments of memories to reconstruct Mafifa's life and music like a conventional documentary about a musician, the film resonates cinematically with the presence she left behind to the director herself, Daniela Muñoz Barroso. The scenes captured directly by the director with a handheld camera meticulously explore the landscapes, objects, people's expressions, and gestures as if she heard them through her eyes. The auditory limitations are filled with different elements as if the trace of sound is filled with memory and imagination. The film's sound design tries the director's approach to immersing into the Conga through sonic attempts and narrowing the sensory and emotional distance between the filmmaker and the audience while elevating the film's amplitude. [KIM Shinjae]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
226 2023-08-26 | 16:00 - 17:17 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8
516 2023-08-29 | 17:30 - 18:47 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8

Director

  • Daniela MUÑOZ BARROSO

    Born in Havana in 1994. Daniela Muñoz Barroso is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. She studied cinematography at Universidad Nacional de las Artes. She co-founded Havana-based indie production company Estudio ST. She produced and directed several short films. Her medium-length documentary ¿Qué remedio? La Parranda (2018), premiered nationally at Havana Film Festival. Mafifa is her debut feature-length documentary. 

     

Credit

  • ProducerLeila HERNANDEZ, Daniela MUÑOZ BARROSO
  • Screenwriter Daniela MUÑOZ BARROSO, Carlos MELIAN MORENO, Joana MONTERO
  • Cinematographer Daniela MUÑOZ BARROSO
  • Editor Joana MONTERO
  • Sound Glenda l MARTINEZ CABRERA

CONTACT

Habanero Film Sales | Alfredo CALVINO | acalvino@habanerofilmsales.com