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Gustavo Dudamel and Director Alberto Arvelo Team Up to Score New Simon Bolivar Film 'The Liberator'

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Oct 07, 2014 11:01 PM EDT

A most resounding political figure, Simon Bolivar was paid tribute in the U.S. this weekend via the new movie about his life: The Liberator. And, also, the film premieres the first ever scoring efforts of none other than the famous conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel.

We all know Bolivar, the military leader who helped liberate much of Latin America from the Spanish Empire. As the film's trailer denotes, he never conquered, "he liberated."

His achievements and influence extend to this day and are honored throughout Venezuela, where Dudamel grew up, with a statue in every main square. In South America, naturally, he's a profound legend.

Alberto Arvelo, the films director, and Dudamel go way back to their days growing up in Venezuela, according to NPR. where they developed an appreciation for Bolivar very early on.

Check out the trailer for the new film below and listen to a conversation between Dudamel and NPR's Arun Rath at their page.

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TagsGustavo Dudamel, Latin America, Spanish Empire, Alberto Arvelo, The Liberator, Simon Bolivar, Venezuela, Spanish America, NPR, Arun Rath

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