SOY CUBANA (2021)
Building on their multi-award-winning 2016 documentary short of the same name, directors Ivaylo Getov and Jeremy Ungar follow the all-female Afro-Cuban a cappella quartet the Vocal Vidas — Koset Muñoa Columbié, Maryoris Mena Faez, Ana Josefina Hernández and Annia del Toro Leyva — after they are invited to perform in the United States for the first time, just as diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba are beginning to waver during the early days of the Trump administration. What starts as musical journey to fulfill a dream of performing in front of 3000 people in Los Angeles slowly turns into something far more complex, as the group are forced to undergo an arduous and uncertain process to secure visas, making the road to the concert an odyssey that gains a wider resonance as the women are caught between various cultural and political crosscurrents. With soul-stirring music and the larger-than-life personalities of the Vocal Vidas as our guides, SOY CUBANA is both a celebration of the human connections that transcend borders and a pressing look at the virulent relationship between the U.S. and Cuba at a time of ongoing uncertainty. Winner, Audience Award, 24 Beats Per Second, 2021 SXSW Film Festival. DIR/SCR Jeremy Ungar; DIR Ivaylo Getov; SCR Agustín Rexach Martín; PROD Robin Miller Ungar. Cuba/U.S., 2021, color, 79 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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