Soul Echoes: The Strings of Fredy Reyna

non-fiction, documentary

This documentary, regardless of the years past, remains as one of my dearest works. though there are formal aspects I know dislike, its spirit and story still moves me.


By the late 40s, a man changed forever the history of Venezuela’s national instrument: the cuatro. Fredy Reyna made out of this small 4 strings guitar, until the moment relegated as secondary instrument to accompany bands or ensembles, a soloist instrument worth of concerts.

This documentary, a radiography more than a biography, brings one of Venezuela’s greatest genius through his family, friends, pupils and of course: his music.


Written, directed & edited by: Valerio Mendoza Guillén.
Production & Research: German Cartaya & Valerio Mendoza Guillén.
Camera & Sound: German Cartaya, José A. Martínez & Valerio Mendoza Guillén.
With: Lolita Reyna, Pedro León Zapata, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Aldemaro Romero, Alirio Díaz among others.

  • Muestra Internacional Documental de Colombia. 2008.
  • Festival de Cine Documental Cinestrat, España. 2008.
  • Transmisión Nacional en Venezuela a través de TVES. 2013.
56 mins.⎪color & bw⎪2006⎪NTSC⎪SD⎪mini-dv betacam sp


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