Harana

104 min minutes

A guitarist travels to his native Philippines to track down the few remaining practitioners of harana music, a remnant of a simpler time where singers were hired to croon outside the windows of young women. (Yes, that actually happened outside of sitcoms.) It follows the Buena Vista Social Club playbook to a predictable T, but it's difficult not to be charmed when the music is doing its thing. Engaging throughout, with the pleasantly molar-tingling sweetness of the songs given an extra boost when performed by these dour-looking old duffers. (ANDREW WRIGHT)
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Film Credits
Director
Benito Bautista
Festivals
SIFF 2013