242 SALSA 45

SALSA 45 (242)

16:00, Friday 03rd July, Theatre B


  • Director: Corinna Csaky, Benjamin Bond (UK)
  • Year: 2009
  • Run time: 8'
  • Format: mini DV

Deep in the barrios of Colombia, gangsters, beauty queens and misfits are clawing their way out of poverty and crime with an electrifying new dance form. SALSA 45 is an 8-minute film in which anthropologist, Corinna Csáky, follows Swing Latino, a controversial new dance group to the Colombia National Salsa Championships.  Set up by an ex-gangster, Swing Latino ave reinvented salsa into a new art form where music is played at 45rpm instead of 33.  With it, they are winning prizes, making money, and challenging social norms.  This is where Strictly Come Dancing meets City of God.

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Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival was held from Wednesday July 1st to Saturday July 4th 2009, and included over 50 hours of screenings of new films, a major international conference, and a targeted selection of events focusing on anthropological ethics in filmmaking, youth participatory film, and archiving ethnographic film.

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