These are the people that make this possible:
Ellen Speiser previously completed a film entitled "Runa: Guardians of the Forest", centered on an Amazonian indigenous group in Ecuador, their ecological knowledge, and response to development pressures. She served as producer, director, and co-editor on this film, which is currently in distribution with University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning. In addition, she has worked as a script consultant, and has taught video production to high school students. She studied anthropology, film, and visual anthropology at SFSU.
Julio León, a native of Colombia, spent many years there studying ballet with Priscilla Welton, and dancing in the folkloric performance group of Delia Zapata. He had the privilege of knowing Toño Fernández and the Gaiteros of San Jacinto as personal friends. He received a teaching credential at SFSU in the areas of Dance and Spanish, an MA in Education, and is currently teaching Spanish. He maintains ongoing contact with the Gaiteros, and with folklorists in Colombia.
Delia Zapata Olivella, of Colombia, was a well-known folklorist,
dancer, and professor, and the director of the folkloric dance company,
the Ballet Folklorico de Delia Zapata Olivella. She worked extensively
with the Gaiteros of San Jacinto, and was an authority on the music and
dance of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia. She and her
brother, Manuel Zapata Olivella, were pioneers in bringing the folklore
of the coasts to urban audiences, not only in Colombia, but
internationally. Delia Zapata Olivella received international
recognition for her research and performance work. In addition, she
taught at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia, and the Universidad
Central, in Bogotá, Colombia. She was an important source of information
on the music and its history for this film.
Vicente Franco has been a film and television producer/director/editor since 1982. He worked with the Spanish television station, Univision, until 1989. As an independent filmmaker, he has produced, directed, shot and/or edited several documentaries:
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Erwin Goggel stands as one of the pioneers of Colombian
cinematography. Mr.Goggel's work as producer, director, and photographer
has been recognized worldwide. Among his most notable works are:
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Cumbia: El Llanto de Dos Razas en Cautiverio