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Mariachi High

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In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart. Watch a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School in South Texas. As they compete and perform with musical virtuosity, these teens and the music they make will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet. High school never sounded so good.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081NAUMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This video is excellent. It would enhance a World Language or Music curriculum. A documentary with a very mild "American Idol" or "Glee" feel to it, this video appeals to high school students. It does a nice job of covering serious issues (cultural history, academic success of Latino students, racial stereotypes, and more) without being preachy or pedantic. The issues are presented and the movie moves forward. Well filmed. You'll finish the movie caring about these kids and this program.
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This 55-minute documentary is being first shown on broadcast TV on PBS as part of their Arts Summer Festival. It follows the high school mariachi band at Zapata High School as it enters two major competitions in Texas in 2010. Their leader - a music teacher - has led this school through many championship wins and tries to do it again. (To give you the answer, would spoil the fun.). We get to meet selected students in this low economic community and hear their plans and aspirations. And we get to hear some great music - though only one number is presented complete.

With under an hour - as compared to the longer time length of similar "teacher trains the students in a school to both win a competition and mature" documentaries - there is not a lot of time for both the story and music.

I really enjoyed getting to know the students, though there is never a point where you feel these kids are in danger. (The only parent you meet is one who owns a horse farm.)

The other thing that is missing is an "epilogue". Most of those students followed were seniors. We hear that most went on to higher learning. But we want to know more. One talented young girl wanted to go to Harvard. (So, where did she go after graduation.)

The DVD won't be released until September 11th. I hope that are some bonus features included filling us in on the kids. Meanwhile, it's worth catching on your local PBS station.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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I watched this well-written documentary last night on PBS and loved every minute of it. The music teacher was an inspiration himself. It was very moving watching him get choked up as he spoke of his deceased father and what it meant to him to teach Mariachi. What he taught these students went well beyond making music. They were like a family, each one playing their own part but yet being a part of a group. They inspired and promoted each other and worked very hard to acheive success. At a competition the teacher said he wasn't looking for them to be number one. What mattered is they go out there and give it their best effort, have fun and entertain.....and they did just that. The songs they sang were passionate and the teacher made sure they understood that going into each number. Seeing these students work so hard and put their best foot forward each and every time was very inspiring. If I were in a position to donate money to a good cause it would be to their school's Mariachi program. That's how strongly I felt about it after watching this documentary. On a 5-star scale I'd give it 6 stars! These students had strong dreams and aspirations and with the guidance from the Mariachi teacher they were able to reach for and grab stars above them. Hats off to each and every one of them. May they all succeed in life and careers. The conclusion of the program does speak a little about each of the students (should've mentioned the teacher too but didn't)and what school they would attend and what major. Many were choosing engineering as their field of choice. Great job!
I recommend everyone watch this documentary. So very, very uplifting and inspiring!
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I love this PBS movie. It is a story of great kids, parents, teachers, families, communities, and sweet goodness and decency. AND, the music is unbelievably wonderful. I am buying copies of the dvd disc from PBS to use to promote human rights in Minnesota. For my personal use I prefer the HD version available from Amazon Prime.
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Mariachi as a Zapata (Texas) high school elective? Yes! This film traces the trials, disappointment, and triumph of a group of American kids (of Hispanic descent except for one of them) as they mold themselves into a high-class mariachi band. Their dedicated teacher proved to them that they could attain any goal they all worked together for. I have to congratulate PBS because they usually focus on the negative aspects of multi-culturalism. This was a feel-good movie that all can be proud of and I venture, they will enjoy.
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What a heart-warming story. These kids work so very hard on their music. And what music! I'm an anglo and don't understand much Spanish but I love the music. I watch this video a lot and it never gets old.
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An outstanding way to increase school attendance is having programs to encourage kids to excel. Children need extra activities other than just academic studies. Not just in one place, but everywhere. If a child has a goal to play sports, music, art, ect... then they will do whatever it takes to get there, since most activities require higher grades, then the child will make every effort to make the grades to participate in their choice activity.

This movie is about a group of dedicated teens in a music program, which includes going to competitions.
Music, talent, and dedication all while maintaining high grades in school academics.
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