Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal and other Brazilian greats discuss the late master accordionist Dominguinhos in this documentary, which producer Deborah Osborn worked on for six years. "It's a universal story about love and pain, the life of an immigrant," says Eduardo Nazarian, one of the film's three directors. "He became a musical phenomenon without ever looking for fame. He was someone who made his music, his work, bigger than himself."
3. We Like It Like That
Director-producer Mathew Ramirez Warren explores Latin boogaloo, the post-mambo fusion of guajira and R&B popular in New York during the 1960s that has seen a recent revival. "It reflects the American experience, and I think that translates to all cultures -- everyone who's an immigrant," says Warren. "It's about generations in flux, generations that are assimilating but still kind of harking back to their roots. That's what boogaloo was all about."
This film focuses on nine Thai musicians outside the mainstream -- ranging from Bangkok indie rockers and a master pin player to an optician who builds saxophones out of bamboo. "The thing everyone has in common is they don't pander to the mainstream -- they completely follow their own paths," says co-director/editor David Reeve of the artists. "They have done it for different reasons and in different ways, and they continue to do that."