Portland’s Sávila Releases Mini Documentary ‘Échale Sávila’, A Meditation on Intergenerational Healing, Mexican-American Identity, and Resilience
‘We Honor Our Lineages With Compassion,
Attempting To Understand The Histories Living Within Us’
Portland’s own psychedelic shimmery cumbia band, Sávila, has released a gorgeous short film + music video Échale Sávila. Shot on Super 8 by Shiny Kid, the video reunites the three band members- Fabiola Reyna (guitarist), Brisa Gonzalez (singer) y Papi Fimbres (drums)- with their mothers in Portland, to bring awareness to the experience, responsibilities, and trauma that women/mothers/care-takers face and how that transfers onto the generations that follow.
The video answers questions such as: “How do we break this cycle of repeated suffering?” How do we honor and acknowledge the trauma of our history and use it to heal and empower our future?”
The film culminates in a psychedelic rendition of the Painted Hills as the band and their mothers perform the self-titled track, Sávila —a song written to honor the Aloe Vera plant, the beauty of our earth, and the healing elements it provides us. Shot at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the performance references the 1970s television show, Midnight Special with theatrical lighting and sparkling highlights. The histories shared at the beginning of the film gain momentum and explode on screen as the band and their mothers dance, sing and play instruments. Music becomes a tool for healing, shared by all and passed on to their audience.