Bola de Nieve (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Music History, Biography, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Race & Ethnicity  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - Cuba, Mexico, Spain  |  
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Documentarian Jose Sanchez-Montes turns his attention towards the late Cuban musician Ignacio Villa, known throughout the world as Bola de Nieve (Snowball), with this 2003 biographical documentary entitled simply Bola de Nieve. A master pianist, Bola de Nieve was a mainstay through the middle portion of the 20th century, with his music almost omnipresent in South America cinema throughout those formative decades. With Bola de Nieve's famous statement "I'm a sad person, but my songs sound happy" in mind, Sanchez-Montes also looks at the influence of the musician's African heritage and homosexuality upon Bola de Nieve's unique musical style. Bola de Nieve screened at a handful of film festivals throughout 2003, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Providence Festival of Latin American Cinema.

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Black [race], Cuba, culture [arts], homosexual, icon, Latin-America, musician, music-star, piano, singer