Pangea Day (today May 10) is being promoted with a range of short films in which choirs sing the national anthem of another country, a symbol of international reconciliation and partnership. In this clip a choir from Los Angeles, USA sings the Mexican anthem along the fence that divides the US from Mexico.
The Angel City Chorale sing “Mexicanos, al grito de guerra” facing away from the border fence as residents of Mexico come to look through the wire netting.
Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube
Interactive agency Johannes Leonardo worked with film directors from France, Australia, Kenya, USA, England and Japan.
Filming for Imagine USA sings Mexico was directed by Baker Smith via Harvest Films, with director of photography Michael Ashe, producer Bonnie Goldfarb, editor Chuck Fry, sound mixer Doc Pierce.
The combined flags sequences were provided by conceptual artist Mariano Favetto.
The choir is Angel City Chorale, Los Angeles, conducted by founder/artistic director Sue Fink.
Credits are included in Spanish at YouTube
Lyrics for the Mexican National Anthem
Mexicanos, al grito de guerra
El acero aprestad y el bridón;
y retiemble en sus centros la tierra
Al sonoro rugir del cañón.
Ciña oh patria!
tus sienes de oliva
De la Paz el arcángel divino,
Que en el cielo tu eterno destino
Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.
Mexicans, at the cry of battle
lend your swords and bridle;
and let the earth tremble at its center
upon the roar of the cannon.
Your forehead shall be girded, oh fatherland, with olive garlands
by the divine archangel of peace,
For in heaven your eternal destiny
has been written by the hand of God.
But should a foreign enemy
Profane your land with his sole,
Think, beloved fatherland, that heaven
gave you a soldier in each son.