Changing Rhythms

1990, 23:00 minutes, English


"Here in Canada, I am Joe."
The voice is Chepe's, a character in a provocative play by Latin American immigrants. In his statement, Chepe captures a central theme of all Latin American refugees: whether to discard or retain their heritage in the face of a homogenizing North American culture.
Changing Rhythms documents the making of a musical play about the pain, loneliness and enrichment that comes with adapting to life in a new country. A hot salsa beat weaves together interviews and scenes. Important as a link to their native culture and as a stabilizing influence on their lives in Canada, the rhythms of these men's homeland becomes an issue in itself.

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