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CineFestival: Las Tesoros de San Antonio Staff Pick

When: Sun., Feb. 21, 5 p.m. 2016
With all due respect to Mi Familia and other films, Las Tesoros de San Antonio is the movie to watch at this year’s CineFestival. There is nothing technically impeccable about this film, an obvious labor of love by director Jorge Sandoval, but he did get the most important thing right: the story and ranchera-fueled music of Las Tesoros: Rita Vidaurri (“La Calandria,” 91), Beatriz Llamas (“La Paloma del Norte,” 79), Blanca Rosa, and Janet Cortez (“Perla Tapatía,” who passed away in 2014 at age 83). The movie has each tesoro (treasure) telling their story, and the big climax comes with amazing footage of their historic show at the Guadalupe in 2011, superbly accompanied by local all-female Mariachi Mujer Internacional. In an era when we remember broke or neglected legends after they die, it is refreshing to see the three surviving Tesoros with passion, sacred inner fire and vocal ammunition intact. This screening offers us another opportunity to see (three of) them in action, on and off the screen: they’ll perform a short concert after the movie.

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