Nathalie Pires, the first American fado singer to tour internationally, reveals her origins, passions, and fears, while her fado godmother, the legendary Anita Guerreiro, and oldest touring “fadista” in the world, reflects on her epic career. The film explores the melancholic music of Portugal known as “fado”, renowned for expressing the unique sentiment of “saudade,” and designated as an UNESCO world cultural asset, and includes intimate yet sweeping performances from these inter-generational ambassadors of a musical genre that mesmerizes audiences worldwide. (Directed by Yuri Alves) | ECHOES OF FADO Film

This music is more than magical. It’s destiny.

WINNER: Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival 2017 (Short Documentary)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Newark International Film Festival 2017
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION: NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2017


Every time I’ve said I’m going to stop. Another huge opportunity comes up. I think it’s this energy inside of me that needs to be released.

Directed by Yuri Alves

Featuring Nathalie Pires, Anita Guerreiro, Telmo Pires
Guitarists: Francisco Chuva, José Silva, Viriato Ferreira

Produced by: Yuri Alves, Igor Alves
Executive Producers: Tim Raphael, Julie Winokur, Igor Alves
Cinematography: Yuri Alves
Editing: Yuri Alves, Caroline Sincaruk
Original Music: Boris Ivanov
Gaffer: Gabriel Kurzlop
Sound: Victor Buitrago
Sound Design: Boris Ivanov

Produced in partnership with Newest Americans
Featured in Newest Americans Issue 05 – Ironbound

Special thanks: The City of Newark, New JerseyNewark Arts, Express Newark, Newark Office of Film and Television


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