This documentary attests for the permanence of African roots in Afro-Venezuelan musical expressions. The plot kicks off when the central character discovers the ‘water drums’, a stunning musical manifestation of Barlovento –north central Venezuela. The aquatic chimes of the water drums will call for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to retrace the voyage of a people’s cultural traits and bring Africa and America together. Long distances come closer when the roots are strong enough to stumble upon time.

​Screening Info

Saturday July 26 | 4:00 PM

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver.

Tambores de Agua, un encuentro ancestral (Water Drums, an Ancestral Encounter)

Directed by Clarissa Duque

Venezuela | 2009 |72 min

Spanish and French with English subtitles