SERRAT AND SABINA
JUNE 25, 2015. 6:00 PM.
King Juan Carlos of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South,
Btwn. Thompson and Sullivan Street NY 10012
ORIGINAL TITLE: SERRAT Y SABINA: EL SÍMBOLO Y EL CUATE.
DIRECTOR: Francesc Relea
PRODUCERS: Tono Folguera and Isabel Jubert.
CAST: Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina
Date completed: 2013
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 82 min
This story began next to the sea. It started at the Mediterranean (Minorca) and continues through the Atlantic (Cádiz), where Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquín Sabina wrote together the songs of La orquesta del Titanic, the album from their second and last tour around America. The film goes several decades back, when the two artists discovered the latinamerican continent and started a long lasting love story.
Serrat has been traveling around Latin America for 45 years. He was exiled in Mexico when he was prosecuted by Franco’s dictatorship. In Argentina and Chile his fight against military coups is still remembered. Sabina arrived in America later. His poetry and rebel attitude seduced a large audience among different generations. In Argentina, he sings with the strength of a rock star and the emotions of a tango singer. In Mexico, the mariachis and the village bands sing Y nos dieron las 10 without knowing it was written by Sabina.
Francesc Relea began working for El Periódico de Cataluña and later joined the team of the programme 30 Minuts de Televisió de Catalunya, reporting on different conflicts, such as the Balkan War. He also worked for the daily El País, for which he was the correspondent in Argentina, with coverage for the Southern Cone, and in Mexico, also covering Central America and the Caribbean from 1998 to 2008.