Percussions, Impressions and Reality (1978)

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From the barrios of East Harlem to the street of Crown Heights, from the south Bronx to the south of Queens, the music of Puerto Rico has integrated itself into the culture of New York City. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Puerto Ricans have been immigrating to New York bringing their music and culture with them. This documentary explores the origins and evolution of Puerto Rican music, in the United States and abroad, to demonstrate its central role in shaping cultural identity. Comprised of interviews with musicians and promoters, as well as of some scorching live performances, Percussions, Impressions and Reality reveals the affirmative potential in the conservation of cultural tradition. Beautifully shot, this is an excellent look at how culture struggles to adapt itself to new surroundings and, in so doing, acquires a deeper meaning.