Carlos Varela Documentary Project

An intimate portrait of one of Cuba's most enigmatic artists, this film follows the folk rocker Carlos Varela. His musical roots are born out of both the Nueva Trova movement of Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes and Joaquin Sabina, Carlos is also influenced by the Anglo-American singer-songwriters of the 60's onward; Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Dane, Joan Baez and Crosby Still Nash & Young.

Known internationally as the Bob Dylan of Cuba, Carlos Varela is a controversial figure in both Havana and Miami. His songs are metaphors for the social and political realities of contemporary Cuba. Cinembargo Films recently followed Carlos on his first US Tour with his band, and have been filming him in both Cuba and the US since 1995.

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Carlos Varela
PosterPoster from shows in August of 1994.


Carlos Varela, performing at the Gusman Center, Miami, Florida, May 15, 2010.Carlos Varela and Diana Fuentes at the Gusman Center, Miami, Florida, May 15, 2010Carlos Varela at the Echoplex, Los Angeles, May 6, 2010Carlos Varela with his band and Luis Conte at Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, May 5. 2010Band with Ruben Blabes after show at S.O.B.’s, New York, May 13, 2010Carlos Varela with band after show at S.O.B.’s, New York, May 13, 2010Carlos Varela with students at Johnny D’s, Summerville, Mass., May 12, 2010

Carlos Varela and Band waiting for their flight at Logan International Airport, Boston Mass., May 12, 2010Carlos Varela, Jackson Browne and Benicio Del Toro at Carlos’ rehearsal studio, Havana, Cuba 2003Carlos Varela, Los Angeles, Ca. 1998Carlos Varela with Marisa Paredes Havana, Cuba 1995Carlos Varela with Cardinal-Archbishop Ortega, Havana, December 25, 1999Carlos Varela with Jackson Browne and Manny Alvarez, Havana, Cuba 2008Carlos Varela with Los Van Van, Havana, Cuba 1999