Palenque is a rhythmic portrait of San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination.

Guided by the inherent rhythms of day-to-day life—the blows of a machete, the grinding of corn, a woman lulling a baby to sleep— Palenque searches for musicality in a town where music is woven into its history. It is an ode dedicated to a community that has greatly influenced Colombian culture through its many contributions to the collective memory.


official selection
Locarno Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal-ridm, Festival dei Popoli, Ficvaldivia

Directed and edited by
Sebastián pinzón Silva

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Luther Clement
Mina Fitzpatrick
Timothy Fryett
Iyabo Kwayana
Sebastián Pinzón Silva

Emelina Reyes Salgado
Joaquín Valdéz Hernández
José Valdéz Teherán
Iyabo Kwayana
Rosalina Cañate Pardo

San Basilio de Palenque, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

San Basilio de Palenque, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Read more about the cultural space of San Basilio del Palenque, declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.