Canción Cannibal Cabaret (Official Music Video)

Based on the book by lead singer Amalia Ortiz, Canción Cannibal Cabaret focuses on the theme of revolution and inspired by current issues of social injustice. After an environmental apocalypse, a refugee raised under an oppressive State, "La Madre Valiente" studies secretly to become the leader of a feminist revolution. In performance, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, is a punk rock musical--part concept album, part live theatre. This music video shows a selection from Ortiz's revolutionary performance poetry.


Tejana poet and playwright Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme. one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” It won the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia was chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret (Aztlan Libre Press). Most recently, she was awarded an American Book Award for Oral Literature from the Before Columbus Foundation. Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is the director of theatre arts for SAY Sí’s ALAS (Activating Leadership, Art, and Service) Youth Theatre Company.

  • Pepe García Gilling
  • Amalia Ortiz
  • Mario De León
  • Amalia Ortiz
  • Jacque Salamé
  • Maria Ibarra
  • Lily Tijerina
  • Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic
  • Dan Flutur
  • Lorenzo Beas
  • Juan Ramos
  • Kip Austin Hinton
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Post-apocalyptic, Musical
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Pepe García Gilling

Pepe García Gilling

Pepe has directed, written and produced two short films which have been screened at multiple film festivals around the world. He finished his MFA in Screenwriting at the University of Texas RGV and is currently the Chair and Director of Programming for the South Texas IFF. He served for seven years in the Monterrey IFF and has been working in the industry for a little over ten years. He's currently pursuing his MAIS in Mexican American Studies (MAS) while teaching Intro to MAS. His films, his writing, and his academic work focuses on the issues and day-to-day of the Latinx community and the issues of representation.

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Director Statement

I first met Amalia in a writing class while doing my MFA. Her thesis was titled "The Canción Cannibal Cabaret" and she went on to make of it more than a final text for her master's. Amalia's poetry transcends anything you've ever read and she's a powerhouse in her performance of this story on the musical stage. Although Amalia's book explores an endless array of important themes, the three songs selected are relevant now more than ever to incite and push for more humanity, especially at our Southern border. This music video does not compare to seeing the live show, but we hope you enjoy it so much that you will be craving to go check out Las Hijas de la Madre.