Ma’s new doc on Berkeley’s silver screen

Prize-winning filmmaker Eve A. Ma has learned that her documentary, A Zest for Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz, will be included in the upcoming Berkeley Video & Film Festival.

Online PR News – 20-November-2012 – Berkeley, California – Berkeley, California, USA (Nov 2012): Filmmaker Eve A. Ma has been notified that her documentary, A Zest for Life, will be an official part of the Berkeley Video & Film Festival due to take place Dec. 7-22, 2012. The documentary, which examines the culture and history of Afro-Peruvians through their music and dance, has already been in a festival in Germany and is slated to appear in a festival in France this spring.

In honor of the acceptance in the Berkeley festival, Ma is giving away a free track of Afro-Peruvian music from the web site This will only be available until the end of November, however.

Afro-Peruvians are a minority in Peru, but an important one. The community has much in common not only with African descendants in other countries of Latin America, and also with African-Americans in the United States.

Ma explains that “Afro-Peruvians have created many percussion instruments. Their music and dance are very lively, and also reveal critical aspects of the community´s history and culture. Their music has also influenced Latin Jazz, especially groups such as Gabriel Alegria´s.” The Peruvian cajón, now heard in music around the world, comes out of the Afro-Peruvian tradition.

The star of the documentary A Zest for Life is a percussionist, dancer, choreographer and folklorist named Lalo Izquierdo. A few years ago, he came to California from Peru to teach, and this allowed Ma to film both performance and interviews without having to “leave the confort of her own home.”

The documentary also contains footage of celebrations and performance in Peru, recorded in Afro-Peruvian communities. One very interesting segment shows three famous Afro-Peruvian percussionists improvising on the checo, a giant gourd made into a musical instrument. These percussionists Juan Medrano Cotito, from the well-known group. Novalima, and Hugo Bravo, percussionist for the singer Susana Baca.

Eve A. Ma is a producer-director of documentaries, dramas and experimental shorts that have been aired over PBS channels and projected in four countries. She is sole proprietor of Palomino Productions, under which she creates and markets her video productions.

Eve A. Ma or Alejandra Florez
PALOMINO Productions
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