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  • Summary: Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America covers the more than 50-year career of Argentina's most famous musical artist. Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left behind an indelible legacy. Here was an artist whose work and life went beyondMercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America covers the more than 50-year career of Argentina's most famous musical artist. Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left behind an indelible legacy. Here was an artist whose work and life went beyond the borders of music to become one of the most influential and loved personalities of the 20th century. This intimate documentary reveals Sosa's early life and her rise to worldwide stardom, and explores the impact she had on music and politics. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Jan 22, 2014
    70
    Though it’s tempting to resent every moment not given over to her singing, the documentary succeeds in conveying not just the bare facts of her life, but something of her magic, both to longtime fans and to those less familiar with her work.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 24, 2014
    60
    Rodrigo H. Vila’s documentary about the famed Argentine singer and political activist suffers from its overly insular and hagiographic perspective, but in its best moments it well illustrates the reasons for her musical influence and social importance.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    The pic nicely straddles a line between Sosa’s private and public personas, never quite delving deep although Vila covers all the bases.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Despite the glorious singing heard in archival footage from various periods of her career, the film is frustratingly sketchy.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Jan 21, 2014
    30
    All his film can do to make its case for Sosa's significance is trot out subjects who compare her to Joan Baez, Ella Fitzgerald, and, most puzzlingly, "Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney in one," without elaboration.
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