COMPLETE FILM SCHEDULE
7 pm, February 23, El acompañante (The Companion)
Pavel Giroud I 2015 I Fiction I 104 min
This film is a universal tale of struggle against adversity, a drama that takes up the theme of AIDS in the world of amateur boxing.
At the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, the Cuban government took the drastic, although ultimately successful, step of quarantining infected patients in a sanatorium. Part of the approach was to assign a “companion,” in this case, a former world-class boxer who is paired with a veteran of Cuba’s mission to support the Congolese colonial revolution. Read about Cuba's approach to the AIDS epidemic.
7 pm, March 2, Cuba Libre (Free Cuba)
Jorge Luis Sanchez I 2015 I Fiction I 120 min | Tickets here
Cubans have been fighting against Spain for many years. In 1898, the American government, using as an excuse the explosion of the battleship Maine, jumps into the war, supposedly siding with the Cubans. Samuel and Simon are two children living intensely in the moment when Spain is defeated until the Americans take over and begin acting like an occupying army. View trailer.
7 pm, March 9, Bailando con Margot (Dancing with Margot)
Arturo Santana I 2015 I Fiction I 105 min | Tickets here or at the box office.
On December 31, 1958, the eve of the Cuban Revolution, a private detective is investigating the theft of a painting in the house of a wealthy widow of Havana. The relationship between the two of them, amidst inquiries and "danzones," unveils the story of the house and the family. The entrance of the bearded rebels into Havana changes everyone’s destiny.
The film’s director will attend the screening if he is able to obtain a visa from the US State Department.
7 pm, March 16, Community Doctors
Kunle Ekunkonye I 2016 I Documentary I 100 min | Tickets here or at the box office.
A never before seen inside look into Cuba’s medical scholarship program for U.S. students. The film tells the story of the medical scholarship program and the young Americans, many from poor and underserved communities in the United States, who were awarded full scholarships to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.
American students and graduates of ELAM share their experiences, challenges, lessons and hopes as they are fully immersed in a new culture while learning a unique and radically different approach to medicine and health care.
7 pm, March 23, Memorias del desarrollo (Memories of Overdevelopment)
Miguel Coyula I 2010 I Fiction I 112 | Tickets here or at the box office.
An intellectual leaves the Cuban revolution and underdevelopment behind, only to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the developed world. A portrait of alienation, of an outsider with no clear-cut politics or ideology. A stranger in a strange land struggling with old age, sexual desire and ultimately the impossibility for the individual to belong in any society.
7 pm, March 30, Black Roots of Salsa
Christian Liebich I 2010 I Documentary I 100 min
Sponsored by Kamali M. WIlliams
Tickets here or at the box office.
Get fascinated by this journey into Afro-Cuban culture, full of dance and music. This documentary unwinds the complexity of many traditional and cultural movements in Cuba and brings a deeply rooted approach to the life of the descendants of historically deported African slaves as expressed in the Cuban Rumba. It explores how the Afro-Cuban religions imported from Africa, the Abakua, Congo and Yoruba, influenced present-day music and dance in Cuba and throughout the world.
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