It was a force that couldn’t be contained by borders, it became a cultural revolution. In Mexico it was banned, in USA it became the voice for the counter culture and the civil rights movement. Rock ’n' roll became the sound track to one the most explosive times of cultural change in modern history.
Rock ’n' roll is a volatile, unpredictable creature that has consistently redefined and reinvented itself since its emergence in the late 1940s. It created a musical revolution with an almost magical power and gave the youth a release from their parents very conservative world view.
For the first time in modern history, young people were united. Rock ’n' roll transcended border-lines, skin colour and nationality. This mongrel music which gave birth in the USA quickly spread, it changed the way teenagers saw the world even to this day. Crossing the Line takes our audience on a trip through the chaos of rock ’n' roll’s early days as we experience the thrill of being young and restless, seen through the eyes of the people who lived it.
The feature documentary Crossing the Line takes us on a journey with two Latin American rock icons that were swept up in this cultural shift. As young cutting edge musicians, Carlos Santana and Javier Batiz created a cultural revolution through their music. Their songs became the voice of freedom and revolt but the message was a departure from society's norms and the resulting rebellion came at a price.