Gimme the Power



Thursday, September 4th, 7:00 PM  |  $9

Directed by Olallo Rubio, this documentary provides a pop-historical overview of rock music’s role in Mexico’s social protests across the latter half of the 20th century, which led to the emergence of Molotov. A politically-charged band incorporating Spanglish, humor, and obscenities, Molotov rocked Mexico’s popular music scene with its 1997 debut album ¿Dónde jugarán los niños?, which remains the most censored album in the history of Mexican music. Directed by influential radio personality Olallo Rubio (This is Not a Movie), the film interweaves Molotov’s story with the tragicomedy of Mexican history for a rapid, timely, and entertaining film experience.

About the Director:
Olallo Rubio grew up in San Diego and Mexico City.  He began his media career in 1995 at the age of 17, working as a DJ/host for Mexico's number one rock radio station at the time: Radioactivo 98.5 FM; in 2002, he became the managing director of the station. During Olallo's radio years, he fought for freedom of speech by challenging government and corporate censorship.

In 2007, he made the Mexican documentary So, What's Your Price?, which screened in Central Park in New York City, the Latino Film Festival in San Francisco, the Havana Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Since then, he's made three more films: the surreal, psychedelic, existential feature This is Not a Movie (scored by Slash), Gimme the Power, and National Dream.

About Molotov:
Molotov is a four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican rock band formed in Mexico City in September of 1995. Their lyrics feature a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped and sung by all members of the group. Musically, Molotov blends heavy bass lines with heavy guitar riffs. Many songs, such as Gimme the Power and Frijolero, are politically inspired, addressing issues such as disenfranchisement within Mexico and immigration in the United States. The band's lyrics are risqué, playful, and frequently aggressive.



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