18 Apr 30th Anniversary SANTA SABINA to play live at the Hola Mexico Film Festival
following the U.S. premiere of Rita, The Documentary
Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 p.m. at The Montalbán
Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. April 18, 2019. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the influential Mexico City-based art rock band Santa Sabina, Hola Mexico Film Festival presents a screening of Rita, The Documentary, which celebrates the life of the band’s lead singer Rita Guerrero, who passed away in 2011 after a hard-fought battle against breast cancer.
Rita, The Documentary is a polyphonic portrait of Mexico´s 90s through the biography of the musician and actress Rita Guerrero (1964-2011). In addition to being the lead vocalist for Santa Sabina, she committed herself to various social movements such as the Zapatista movement and the electoral left. Even though she died at the young age of 46, her voice and music marked a generation.
Nine members of Santa Sabina will also perform a concert after the screening, similar to the show they recently did at Vive Latino. To close the evening, the artist Vampiro, who has performed and recorded with Mexican rock icons Maná, will perform a set with samples from the voice of Rita Guerrero.
Celebrating the life of rock star and activist Rita Guerrero, this intimate and music-fueled documentary by Arturo Díaz Santana captures the energy and artistry of a brilliant performer who was taken too soon. As the lead singer of famous band La Santa Sabina, Guerrero became a central figure in Mexico’s 90s rock scene and a fierce advocate for social justice who supported the Zapatista movement. Blending footage from her role as an entertainer that the audience came to love, with personal moments highlighting her off-stage personality, as well as interviews with those who were touched by her magic, the film honors her legacy but also serves a portrait of a woman who was a fighter till the end. Adoring fans, as well as younger generations who will discover her for the first time, will enjoy this moving cinematic tribute.
About Santa Sabina
At the end of the 1980s, Rita Guerrero left her hometown of Guadalajara to attend the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City to pursue a career in theatre. There, she met Poncho Figueroa, Pablo Valero and Jacobo Lieberman, who at that time were members of a jazz group called Los Psicotrópicos. Los Psicotrópicos agreed to provide music for a play written for Guerrero’s theatre class based on Franz Kafka’s “Amérika”. As they worked together, they realized they had a strong artistic affinity. After Los Psicotrópicos broke up, they decided to form a new rock band with Guerrero as the lead singer, which became Santa Sabina. In December of 1992, the band released their self-titled, debut album, followed by 1994’s Símbolos. During this time, Santa Sabina was recognized for performing at various benefit concerts to help indigenous people. In 1995, Concierto Acústico was recorded during shows at a local Mexico City venue called El Hábito. Two years later, the band recorded their widely popular album MTV Unplugged. Santa Sabina returned in 2000 with the release of Mar Adentro en la Sangre and Espiral in 2003. In 2004, the band celebrated their 15th anniversary by releasing 15 Años de Exitos and XV Aniverario En Vivo.
Rita, The Documentary
2017, color, 118 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. Director: Arturo Díaz Santana. Executive Producer: María del Carmen de Lara Rangel.
What: Rita, Documentary screening followed by La Santa Sabina 30th anniversary live.
When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM
Where: The Montalbán 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
Tickets can be purchased via the following link.
AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place May 31 – June 8, 2019 in Los Angeles. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the Montalbán Theatre, Regal Cinemas LA Live and LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes. The Opening Night Gala will be the LA premiere of LAS NIÑAS BIEN/THE GOOD GIRLS directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella. The film was recently awarded the Golden Biznaga at the 22nd annual Malaga Film Festival. The festival will also include a new section, The Other Mexico, showcasing the films BLACK MEXICANS (LA NEGRADA) directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, THE CHAMBERMAID (LA CAMARISTA) directed by Lila Avilés, GUIE’DANI’S NAVEL (EL OMBLIGO DE GUIE’DANI) directed by Xavi Sala, and MIST OF GUILT (NIEBLA DE CULPA) directed by Francisco Laresgoiti and starring Academy AwardÒ nominee Marina de Tavira.
About Hola Mexico Film Festival:
Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the Festival showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts. Celebrating its 11th edition, Hola Mexico Film Festival returns to Los Angeles May 31 – June 8 offering film enthusiasts a chance to screen many beloved Mexican films and interact with the filmmakers and talent through special events.