OLANCHO. Dir. Chris Valdes and Theodore Griswold. 2016, 70 min. Documentary. Olancho Department, Honduras/Durham, NC. Q&A w/the directors! Tickets HERE
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, seeks fame with his infamous band, Los Plebes, by making narcocorrido music for the region’s drug lords. When a song he writes angers a rival cartel, Manuel is forced to flee his home in one of the most beautiful, but also most lawless and violent parts of the world. From a radio cabin in North Carolina, Manuel recounts his narrow escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant.