Release Date: June 21, 2011
London Symphony Orchestra
Average Rating: 3 stars (1 user)
|1.||A Better Life||2:29|
|2.||From East to West L.A.||1:57|
|4.||Carlos & Luis||1:01|
|5.||Santiago Steals the Truck||2:28|
|6.||On The Bus||1:28|
|7.||Looking For Santiago||3:09|
|19.||El Jardinero (Ozomatli)||3:08|
|Total Album Time:||42:51|
The film's score, composed by four-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat, was released by Nacional Records and is available at Amazon and iTunes.
The film looks at the relationship between undocumented immigrant Carlos Galindo (Mexican actor DemiŠn Bichir) and his teenage son, Luis (Josť JuliŠn). The single father struggles to keep his son away from pervasive gang culture. When Carlos' truck is stolen, the father is powerless to turn to law enforcement, but the crisis brings him closer to his potentially wayward son.
A Better Life was directed by acclaimed Oscar-nominated director Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, American Pie, About A Boy, etc). Weitz is a longtime Ozomatli fan and approached the Los Angeles-based band about writing a new song for the film. The three-time GRAMMY winning band are also official cultural ambassadors to the U.S. State Department.
"Ozomatli is the quintessential Angeleno bandmultiethnic, polyphonic, polyrhythmic," Weitz says. "And that's why they're also cultural ambassadors abroadthey find universality in mixing the particulars of all of their backgrounds. And as regards the story of A Better Life, they just got it from the word 'go'. They're one of the few bands in the world you could talk about "sociologically"they were born out of a social equality movementso it's hard to think of anybody who'd be better for this film."
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Released: January 31, 2012