Almost fifty years ago, when she was very young and unknown, Mercedes Sosa broke the mould by drafting, together with other four young artists, the so-called "Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero...
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Almost fifty years ago, when she was very young and unknown, Mercedes Sosa broke the mould by drafting, together with other four young artists, the so-called "Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero" (The New songbook Manifesto). How did this manifesto make an impact on the next generations? How much did the "Nuevo Cancionero" influence the development of the "Nueva Trova Cubana"? How did this ideology affect the politics of both emerging and developed countries? Apart from the millions of records she sold, the thousands of concerts she made all over the world, her countless fans and detractors, Mercedes Sosa left behind an indelible legacy, an ideal that has not become a reality yet but which keeps pushing forward. "Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America" is a deep intimate journey into Mercedes Sosa's world, not only as an artist but as human being. An autobiography through her own voice. She will guide us through her life, her successes and failures, her love stories and all her ...Written by
Cinema 7 Films
Mercedes Sosa won five Latin Grammys over the course of her career. She won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2000 ("Misa Criolla"), 2003 ("Acústico") and 2006 ("Corazón Libre"). Her album Cantora 1 won two awards at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2009. She won Best Folk Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album was also awarded Best Recording Package. See more »
I am an admirer of Sosa's for more than 20 years and her music still appeals a lot. This documentary unfortunately was quite chaotic. It jumps back and forth through the decades. I also had difficulty sometimes following what was said because there were quick switches between voice-overs of her son and Mercedes herself. For me the style of presenting the material was also too sentimental. Mercedes Sosa has made lots of great and strong songs; I only heard/saw a couple of them in this movie: the music in the documentary seems disproportionately focused on the rather slow songs. It would have helped me if there was a (neutral) narrator treating Sosa's career and life in a more organised way, and I think it would also have helped if there was a neutral interviewer, instead of showing her own son meeting all kinds of people and interviewing them himself.
The movie makes it easily clear, though, that Sosa has a great voice and that her heart was with the people. Probably most Sosa-fans will enjoy watching this movie, but for me it was quite disappointing. Her music remains great.
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