CELEBRATING NOSOTROS, LA MÚSICA / WE, THE MUSIC(Español)

Rita_montanerWith the birth of the ICAIC (Cuba’s National Film Institute) and its policy promoting documentary filmmaking, Cuban music makes a cinematic splash through a considerable number of works that depict it from its many angles. Cuban cinema featured many of its landmark figures; classics; groups of all formats, tendencies, genres and movements of different periods; music festivals and gatherings; as well as international artists visiting the island. We will screen the first short film about music produced after the Revolution: Rhythm of Cuba (1960), by Néstor Almendros, and a brief selection of documentaries by filmmaker José Limeres (Los Meme, Celeste Mendoza , Las D’Aida). Rogelio París’ contribution is outstanding, including feature-length Nosotros, la música (1964). The film, which has become a cult-like rediscovery, presents many songs, popular music, and dances through a mix of Free Cinema and musical theater by famous performers such as Bola de Nieve, Celeste Mendoza, Elena Burke, Charanga Francesa, the Ignacio Piñeiro Septet, and various carnival troupes from Havana.

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Program 1

KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER – April 14 @ 5:00PM

Ritmo de cubaRITMO DE CUBA / RHYTHM OF CUBA

Néstor Almendros | Cuba | 1960 | Documentary | 19min

A journey through a variety of rhythms and melodies of Cuban folklore.

 

 

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José Limeres | Cuba | 1968 | Documentary | 10min

The Queen of Guaguancó plays three of her best numbers in her repertoire of popular music with choreography by Roberto Morales and models from the Parisien Salon at Hotel Nacional de Cuba: “I Will Continue Without dreaming”, “Zoraida and Juan José” and “Fiesta Brava”.

 

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José Limeres | Cuba | 1968 | Documentary | 13min

Musical quartet Las D’Aida plays two songs: “Come from afar” and “La Guantanamera”, and the dance company who represented Cuba at Expo 67 in Montreal performs Luis Trápaga’s choreography for “Concerto for bongo” by Perez Prado. 

 

imagesNOSOTROS, LA MÚSICA / WE, THE MUSIC

Rogelio París | Cuba | 1964 | Documentary | 66min

Rich panorama of Cuban music in the mid-Sixties featuring Bola de Nieve, Celeste Mendoza, Ana Gloria, Elena Burke, Charanga a la francesa, Ignacio Piñeiro’s septet, dance couple Silvio and Ada, Quinteto Instrumental de Música Moderna, Chappotín Orchestra, and the street troupes Cocuyé and Orile. Palomas Award, Palomas Project, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (2002).

 

Program 2

KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER – April 14 @ 7:00PM

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Sara Gómez | Cuba | 1967 | Documentary | 66min

A conversation with musician and instrument maker Alberto Zayas serves as a starting point for this documentary about Cuban music, its basic instruments and their development. Featuring Changüí, Típico Habanero, Clave y Guaguancó y Conga from Santiago of Cuba, trios Los decanos and Virgil Almenares, orchestra Estrellas Cubanas and Chucho Valdés, his combo and Guapachá.

Unknown-1CON TODO MI AMOR RITA / WITH ALL MY LOVE, RITA

Rebeca Chávez | Cuba-Mexico | 2000 | Documentary | 59min

This documentary about great Cuban singer and actress Rita Montaner, known as The One And Only, humanizes her mythical stature through personal accounts, recreations, and visual documentation of her professional life. Memoria Documentary Prize awarded by Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (2000); Caracol Prize for Direction, UNEAC National Festival of Radio, Film and Television, Cuba (2001).

images-2LAS MANOS Y EL ÁNGEL / THE HANDS AND THE ANGEL

Esteban Insausti | Cuba | 2002 | Documentary | 27min

This short film explores the mark left by the late pianist Emiliano Salvador, one of the members of the legendary ICAI group Experimentación Sonora.

 

 

Program 3

QUAD CINEMA – April 14 @ 3:00PM

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Constante Diego | Cuba | 1977 | Documentary | 27min

This short film focuses on the Parrandas, traditional parties with deep popular roots that are held annually in the towns of Camajuaní and Remedios. Selected among the most significant films of the year, Annual Critics List, Cuba (1978); India Catalina Bronze award for best Latin American short, International Film Festival of Cartagena, Colombia (1979).

 

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Mayra Vilasis | Cuba | 1985 | Documentary | 27min

The subject of this film is one of the greatest creators of Cuban music: Ignacio Villa (Bola de Nieve). Caracol Prizes for directing and editing, UNEAC National Festival of Film, Radio and Television, Cuba (1986); Colon de Oro award (ex-aequo), Week of Latin American Cinema of Huelva, Spain (1986); selected among the most significant documentaries of the year, Annual Critics List, Cuba (1987); Mention, 26 de Julio Contest, Journalists Union of Cuba (1988).

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José Padrón | Cuba | 1979 | Documentary | 24min

This film documents the concert at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater by eminent concert guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer and the popular music group Irakere, in which they perform original versions of so-called cultured and popular music.

 

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Ernesto Daranas | Cuba | 2012 | Documentary | 35min

Promotional documentary featuring the last album of the famous Cuban guitarist, composer and director Manuel Galbán, founder of the famous quartet Los Zafiros. Before his death at age 80, Galbán managed to finish his latest project, a delightful album titled “Bluechacha” that he recorded in collaboration with his daughter, the composer Magda Rosa Galbán, who handled musical production and arrangements along with her husband, musician Juan Antonio Leyva.