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Antes Como Antes, Ahora Como Ahora: Encuentros del Son Jarocho (Before like Before, Today like Today: Encounters in Son Jarocho).

Blake Copland

Free screening of Antes Como Antes, Ahora Como Ahora: Encuentros del Son Jarocho (Before like Before, Today like Today: Encounters in Son Jarocho) and fundraiser for Son La Lucha


Antes como antes, ahora como ahora: Encuentros del son jarocho (Before like Before, Today like Today: Encounters in Son Jarocho). A independent film collection by Blake and Tristan Copland.

Son Jarocho is a unique hybrid genre of song and dance which emerged out the cultural melting-pot of the Spanish colony in Veracruz, Mexico over three hundred years ago. A combination of African, Spanish and Indigenous cultural elements, it is both steeped in a proud purist tradition but also evolving through some of its hallmark features of improvisation, appropriation and fusion. And yet, the vast, multifaceted realm of globalization is a whole new matter. Son Jarocho is experiencing a period of growth like never before, creating a tension between the ways of the old and the ways of the new. Antes como Antes, Ahora como Ahora (Before like Before, Today like Today), an independent feature-length documentary film by Australian filmmakers Blake and Tristan Copland, sets out on a journey of encounters across the broad Son Jarocho community, from the hot coastal plains of Southern Veracruz to the hustling urban realms of Los Angeles. At a time when Son Jarocho is redefining itself at the crossroads of globalization, the film is simultaneously a celebration of the genre’s diversity while also affirming the close ties that exist between the ranches, villages, cities and nations: an unbridled passion for life and creativity, family, political struggle, and most importantly of all, the fandango.

We have been considering the ways in which our own journey over the last three years has come to shape the actual story itself. During the project, we have steered clear of any those rigid or exacting guidelines often overemphasized in filmmaking – let alone, life itself – preferring to let the journey be guided by a river-like flow of encounters: one aspect of the culture revealing another, each element augmenting the other like a vast expanse of fabric which tightens intricately over Veracruz, so that our understanding and appreciation of it was continually developing. We also suspect that, such is the unique, evolving complexity of Son Jarocho, such a process could indeed go on forever. Our preference for this way of doing things has been not only based upon our aims as filmmakers; it also reflects our passion for music and creative cultures. That is to say, this process of film-making for us has been a lived-process. Initially, we were drawn to this musical culture not as a filmmakers but people who see music as the language of the universe. Indeed, this still is the case. Son Jarocho only reminds us so.



Son La Lucha is a youth serving community group striving to expand its Son Jarocho workshops to the youth across impacted communities in Washington D.C.. Son Jarocho “El Son” is a traditional musical genre from Veracruz, a state in the Gulf Coast region of Mexico where Spanish, Indigenous and African roots, were joined more than 500 years ago. Our mission is to create a space to learn and share El Son and other cultural traditions; a space to organize, volunteer, and resist in support of social justice efforts,as a group.Through the use of traditional music we aim to strengthen ourselves, the youth and the local community.


In order to meet our mission and provide services in the community, we rely on the generosity of donations for support. We are currently aiming to raise $2,000 and your contribution will help us reach this goal.




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