Alberto Sánchez Peña says that in the documentary “Pablus Gallinazo” there is a new version of the hit “Una flor para mascar”. / Private File
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Alberto Sanchez Pena He was not behind paying homage to Pablus Gallinazo, he rather wanted to make a call to memory so that Colombia would not forget this character.
The director did not want to delve too deeply into the history of the Nadaism movement and, instead, was concerned that the new generations know the legacy of this artist, whose first name is Gonzalo Navas Cadena.
Sánchez Peña is in charge of the documentary Pablus Gallinazoa production by Dago García, which is now available in theaters Colombian cinema.
Where did the idea of making the documentary “Pablus Gallinazo” come from?
The idea of making a documentary about Pablus Gallinazo came from the scriptwriter and producer Dago García, who for about seven years had been reflecting on the importance of rescuing Pablus’s legacy, and fortunately he began looking for someone in the Santander region. , the artist’s area, and it was there when I met Dago García and everything began to take shape.
“Pablus Gallinazo” is an important part of a current called Nadaísmo. How was the investigation and approach of him with this movement?
The research that has to do with the documentary is basically done through visits to several people related to the field of culture, especially the protagonist, Pablus, it is with him that I begin to hang out more at his house next to his wife Tita Pulido, and as we get to know each other he tells me about his life and also Nadaism. I’m making decisions on the script and the direction, one of them is precisely not to deal much with Nadaism, because from my point of view I think the documentary would have gone astray.
Why make a new version of the hit “A flower to chew” together with this documentary?
The reason why I decided to make a new version of Una flor para mascar has to do with bringing that song to other generations. Pablus is well known among people who are 60, 70, 80 years old, but from then on there is not much remembrance, unless he has had direct contact with parents close to Nadaism, mothers who liked that music, family or the environment, but for some generations it was very hidden, so one of the most important purposes of the documentary is to create a bridge, and also the transfer of a legacy. The intention, which was very well received by both, is to transfer the legacy of Santanderean protest music, which is also Colombian, from Pablus Gallinazo to Edson Velandia, and I think that happens in a very beautiful way.
This new recording was made with the instrumentation of the Symphony Orchestra of the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga together with Andrea Echeverri and Edson Velandia, how was the process of this new recording?
The process of instrumentation and arrangements by the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga has the support of Maestro Adolfo Hernández, a well-known and respected musician in the region. When I approached him and talked to him during the research period, I decided that he should be one of the characters. In fact, there is something very interesting that happens with the teacher, and that is that I continue to work with him, but now in works of fiction.
Pablus Gallinazo has been sheltering in his home in Piedecuesta (Santander) for several years, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. What was it like to enter his intimacy and show it to the viewer?
Pablus had been a refugee in his house for a long time, he said that he already lived as in a pandemic before the pandemic, and that repudiation had to do with a little desire to go out to have some tribute paid to him, but the way I convinced him to opens the space for us in his house, his life and being able to make this documentary is precisely with that phrase: “The work must be greater than the artist”, and that is the purpose that I would hope people see in the documentary. More than a tribute, which of course it is, it is a call to remember.
Who else is part of this documentary?
Other characters that accompany Pablus in the documentary are his wife Tita, who for me is a character that also deserves a separate documentary, she is someone very interesting because of the way her life is, but also because of her authenticity. And there are characters with national and international recognition such as: Andrea Echeverri, Edson Velandia and Carlos Vives and they are people that I hope will generate that bridge with other generations and awaken the concern to learn more about Pablus Gallinazo.
After completing this audiovisual work, what is your vision of Pablus Gallinazo?
For me it is an example of reconciliation that, perhaps, is what we are most looking for at this time in the country. He is a man who is appreciated by many people, to my surprise he is loved by people who, in fact, feel on the opposite side of his political positions and still love him. It is very interesting how one person can arouse so much affection. Beyond his political ideology, he is a good person, he is a great human being. Pablus is an example that it can be done, and that seems very important to me to rescue from him.
About Pablus Gallinazo
Without a doubt, one of the most famous interpreters of protest music in Colombia was the poet, narrator and singer-songwriter Gonzalo Navas Cadena, popularized under the pseudonym “Pablus Gallinazo”.
His songs with a message became an anthem for the dissatisfied youth and the victims of social inequality. With almost spoken music, lyrics influenced by poetry, the social movements of the sixties in Colombia and tributes to love, to life, to laughter, Pablus Gallinazo became the singing voice of Nadaism since the 1960s and was part of of that poetic movement, to which he joined after winning the Nadaísta Novel Award with his work The Little Sister.
Today, Pablus Gallinazo enjoys family life at his retirement farm in Piedecuesta, near Bucaramanga (Santander), along with his current wife, Tita Pulido, with whom he co-wrote The Book of Loved Ones. This music icon, with his poetry, has managed to captivate several generations.