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Eva Vila portrays the Caló Barcelona in her latest film, Bajarí

[13/09/13]

On the coming 13 September, the coordinator of IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Master in Creative Documentary, Eva Vila, will premiere her latest film, Bajarí, a documentary about Caló Barcelona, in cinemas throughout Spain. This is Eva Vila’s second film, with the participation of Karime Amaya, Carmen Amaya’s great-niece, as the main character.

The documentary tells the story of Karime Amaya’s arrival from Mexico in Barcelona - Bajarí in Caló language – where she decides to work with a group of local artists on a new show. Through her, the film director explores the art of gypsy tradition, in particular that of Barcelona’s gypsy community, which gave rise to the great Carmen Amaya, the centenary of whose birth is precisely this year.

Bajarí narrates the discovery of Karime’s roots through her mother, Mercedes Amaya 'Winny' and also the story of Juanito, a five-year-old boy who dreams of having a flamenco dancer’s red boots. His uncle Coco, a flamenco singing legend who will accompany Karime in the show, will help him to achieve it.

Bajarí was presented internationally at the prestigious IDFA documentary festival before appearing in other international shows such as Guadalajara in Mexico, Montreal and Yamagata in Japan. The film could be seen in the official competition in the Málaga festival and in DocsBarcelona, where it obtained a special mention of the jury and was a great success with the public. Starting this Friday, 13 September, it will be shown in cinemas throughout Spain.

Its main character, Karime Amaya, recently won an award at the Jerez Flamenco Festival as Best New Artist of the year and was also Farruquito’s guest artist in his last tour. 

Bajarí is a Lastor Media and Cromosoma production in co-production with Televisió de Catalunya and with the participation of Televisión Española and the support of the ICEC and the ICAA. It was also possible thanks to the initiative of IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Master in Creative Documentary and the collaboration of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Flamenco, the Tablao Cordobés Foundation and Barcelona City Council.

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