“The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal Music And Community In Puerto Rico” Trailer PostedTuesday, 1st April 2014
Heavy metal music is a global phenomenon and the particularities of small scenes throughout the world have garnered recent attention by fans, filmmakers and scholars. In “The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal Music And Community In Puerto Rico”, the focus is turned on Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island whose scene has been active for 30 years in almost complete underground status. Due out later in the year, the documentary addresses how local bands have survived for such a long period of time with strong community ties; while also highlighting the cultural and historical challenges faced along the way.
Nelson Varas-Díaz, Osvaldo González, Eliut Segarra and Sigrid Mendoza compose the research and filmmaking team. Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz is a metal fan and Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico who has led the team carrying out a research study on the local scene.
Varas-Díaz said: “The film is a tribute to the local metal scene who has survived against all odds for three decades in a cultural space that is either unaware of them, or considers them culturally unimportant. Nevertheless they continue to push forward, and while doing so, reflect on issues of local importance like religion, colonial politics, gender, and violence, among other subjects that most individuals on the Island wish to avoid.”
Check out the official trailer for “The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal Music And Community In Puerto Rico” below.