If you’re itching to watch a movie that features your favorite neighborhood, look no further than “Romantico,” a documentary from 2005 about itinerant street musician Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
“Romantico is a documentary about Mexican musician Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez, who returns home to his beloved daughters after years spent playing San Francisco’s taquerías and hipster joints. But once Carmelo arrives in his hometown — over a thousand miles south of the border — he finds himself immediately confronted with the struggles that led to his first border crossing. Despite working the mariachi circuit (weddings, funerals, quinceañeras) and at bars that cater to prostitutes and their clients, Sánchez soon realizes he can’t adequately support his family and plots a return to the U.S. At the age of 60, another border crossing begins to seem absurd, but Carmelo has not given up….”
Carmelo’s story is really that of hundreds of musicians nationwide, like Manuel, who we profiled last year.
“Romantico” is available as an instant play film on Netflix.