Movie Olancho from Honduras at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens

Movie Olancho from Honduras at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens

OLANCHO. Dir. Chris Valdes and Theodore Griswold. 2016, 70 min. Documentary. Olancho Department, Honduras/Durham, NC.  Q&A w/the directors!

Sunday, July 16, 2:00pm @ Museum of the Moving Image

Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, seeks fame with his infamous band, Los Plebes, by making narcocorrido music for the region’s drug lords.  When a song he writes angers a rival cartel, Manuel is forced to flee his home in one of the most beautiful, but also most lawless and violent parts of the world.  From a radio cabin in North Carolina, Manuel recounts his narrow escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant.



July 14-16, 2017, with screenings, personal appearances and live music at Museum of the Moving Image and Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm

Olancho grupoThis year’s Rural Route Film Festival focuses on ‘Singer-Songwriters (…in Suspense).’  Each film contains live music performances of original and traditional songs…as well as some element of suspense.  The line-up features a special sneak preview screening of Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund’s La Barracuda, which recently debuted as a standout film at SXSW, along with a retro 35mm screening of Robert Altman’s Nashville.  The festival will also host the world premiere of Astoria-based filmmaker, Sean Hartofilis’s Irish folk-infused thriller, Covadonga, including a live music performance and Q&A with Hartofilis.  Filmmakers Chris Valdes and Theodore Griswold will also be present for their documentary, Olancho, about a Honduran narcocorrido musician who must flee his home country from the dangerous drug cartels he had been writing for.  A program of trademark international shorts screens opening night at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm (LIC, Queens branch), accompanied by a set of Arabic songs by world vocalist, Shelley Thomas.

Formed in 2003, the Rural Route Film Festival highlights unique people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media.  Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less traveled…  With internationally diverse content that’s more relevant than ever, the RRFF tackles some of the most important topics of the day within the slow food movement, global warming/environmental arena, and life sustainability symposium.

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