Monday, January 22, 2007
J'ADORE EAST OF HAVANA!
Okay, Bitches! Can we get serious for a second? If you're going to do anything in the next couple of weeks, you're gonna drag yourselves down to the IFC Center and go see East of Havana!
Directed by Cuban-Americans, Emilia Menocal and Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, and produced by Charlize Theron, this tour-de-force delves into the lives of three underground Cuban hip hop artists who are doing everything they can to stake a claim through their music in a world that only seems to be kicking them down.
Their constant struggle against their government, their peers, their elders, the world into which the were born, and most suprisingly, mother nature (Hurricane Charlie pays an unexpected visit), only keeps them fighting harder to win the right to have their voices heard, to share their music and to express themselves in the only way they know how.
This film is a powerful reminder of the liberties that we take for granted on a daily basis. It is the platform upon which three young adults are commading change, demanding the right to be heard and altering the world in which they, and more importantly, WE live.
East of Havana plays at the IFC Center beginning February 2, 2007. Tickets can be purchased by calling 212 924 7771, or by logging on to IFC Center.