Cinembargo: Great Day in Havana

Great Day in Havana

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Completed in 2001, GREAT DAY IN HAVANA chronicles this famous Cuban City in the 1990's through the perspectives of eleven artists and their music, movies, dance, paintings, sculpture, poetry, and performance art. This is a documentary that uncovers the human landscape of Havana exploring the politics, culture and daily life of contemporary Cuba. The artists proudly display their city, the crumbling buildings contrasting with the vibrant people and their art.

Featuring musical performances by folk-rock singer Carlos Varela, the Afro-Cuba jazz fusion band Síntesis, traditional son guitarist Compay Segundo, and the salsa super-stars Los Van Van and Isaac Delgado, the film also includes new music from Equis Alfonso, the chamber orchestra Camerata Romeu and jazz pianist Ernan Lopez Nussa.

In a candid and critical voice the artists of Havana, from internationally renowned actor Jorge Perugorria to provocative performance artist Tania Bruguera, share here their enthusiasm and frustration with this enigmatic city. Visual artists Pedro Pulido Gonzalez, Asela Diaz, Israel del Monte, filmmaker Elio Ruiz, choreographer Narciso Medina and poet Eloy "El Ambia" Machado all bring us a unique glimpse of their barrio. And though they travel the world as cultural ambassadors, they are always Habaneros, tied to their city with pride and passion.

Premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and The Hampton's Film Festival, GREAT DAY IN HAVANA was also honored as Best Documentary at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area.

"Filmmakers Schag and Stoll have created a love song to the Havana people and the barrios of their city." - Betsy Cramer, SBIFF

Running Time: 73 minutes

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