Produced and directed by Ilana Trachtman, MARIACHI HIGH captures a year in the life of competitive high school mariachi musicians in the top-ranked ensemble Mariachi Halcon in Zapata, Texas – a flash point for the complex issues facing the fastest-growing ethnic group in the US. As President Obama sounds a call to find and fight the causes of Latino drop out rates, the highest in the country, MARIACHI HIGH turns a positive lens on the dreams and dramas of Mexican American teenage-hood. In this soulful coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino role models compete to be the state’s champion band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From the nerve-racking auditions at the beginning of the year to the thrill of the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, MARIACHI HIGH provides much-needed affirmative screen time for teens that are stereotypically expected to fail.
High school has never sounded so good.
MARIACHI HIGH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Latino Public Broadcasting,National Geographic’s All Roads Seed Program, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund, Yip Harburg Foundation and the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.
For more information about “Mariachi High,” please visit the official website here: http://rainlake.com/development/mariachi/