October 29, 2020

Film Discussion: Fandango at the Wall

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Young Leaders Cafe

The French-American Foundation hosted its second Young Leaders Cafe on Thursday, October 29 at 1pm ET. The event brought together members of the Young Leaders community to discuss Fandango at the Wall, a new film produced by Kabir Sehgal (2019 Young Leader), with a group of filmmakers and artists from the project.

Fandango at the Wall follows Multi Grammy Award winners Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal, as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The project is inspired by the annual Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which unites people on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. This festival features son jarocho, a 300-year-old folk music tradition. Before recording, festival organizer, Jorge Francisco Castillo, takes O’Farrill and Sehgal on a tour of Veracruz, Mexico, where this musical mixture of indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions originated. As they travel, they meet legendary son jarocho musicians and recruit participants for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate with the annual celebration, promoting peace and celebrating unity. From executive producers Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, and Carlos Santana. Directed by Varda Bar-Kar. Available on HBO & HBO Max.

Kabir Sehgal: Kabir Sehgal is the Founder & CEO of Tiger Turn Productions. Previously, he worked in corporate strategy at First Data Corporation, a global payments technology firm, which completed the largest IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015. He was also a vice president in emerging market equities at J.P. Morgan and traveled to over twenty-five developing countries to generate investment advice for institutional investors. He helped place the Alibaba IPO, the largest in history. He began his career by founding an online educational network.

To learn more, please contact Val Demuynck at vdemuynck@frenchamerican.org.