Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
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.
Black [race], Cuba, culture [arts], homosexual, icon, Latin-America, music-star, musician, piano, singer