The Murga

By David Baute


The Murga, a Pop Opera, an extraordinary musical journey to the roots of the Carnival and one of its most captivating, complex symbols: the murgas, bands of strolling working-class poets and musicians in clown-like painted faces, whose lyrics act as a tool of social criticism targeting allegedly corrupt politicians with a festive mix of artistic and political expression.

Director’s Bio

David Baute was born in Garachico, Tenerife, Spain. He studied at the State Institute of Spanish Radio and Television and he specialized as a film editor at TAI Film School, Madrid. He continued studying film direction at the International Film School of Havana, Cuba.

Festivals and awards

  • Mar de Plata International Film Festival
  • Tarapacá International Film Festival
  • Trieste Latin American Film Festival
  • Cineseptiembre Festival
  • Madurai Film Festival 
  • Festival de la Memoria del Documental Iberoamericano
  • Muestra Alcances
  • Festival de Cine de Ocejón
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Porcuna

Original Title

La Murga: ópera popular


Music documentary


David Baute


Spain, Uruguay / Spanish / 2014 / 72′, 60′ and 53′ versions available

Technical data

HD / Dolby SR  / 1:1.85 / Color

Production company

Tinglado Film, Guazú Media, Oliva Producciones

Executive producer

Patricia Estevez, Cecilia Easton, Sheila López y Dina Yael.


David Baute


Cristian Johansen

Director of photography

Magela Ferrero



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