The 35th Miami Film Festival
The popular Floridian event presents nearly 100 features, among them 30 documentaries, and offers a distinctive focus on Ibero-American work.
AMIGO SKATE, CUBA
Among the projects exploring Ibero-American themes are several world premieres: Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar’s AMIGO SKATE, CUBA
, exploring Cuba’s nascent skate culture; Marcel Beltrán’s THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES (LA MÚSICA DE LAS ESFERAS)
, a personal and political consideration of the love story of the Cuban filmmaker’s parents; and Omilani Alarcón’s LATINEGRAS: THE JOURNEY OF SELF-LOVE THROUGH AN AFROLATINA LENS
, an exploration of identity by women with both Latin and African heritage. International or US premieres include Julio César Torres and Ricardo Olivero Lora’s NUYORICAN BASQUET
, on the Puerto Rican national basketball team’s experience of the 1979 Pan American Games; Rosana Matecki’s THE OLDIES (LOS VIEJOS)
, a portrait of three older Cubans; and Asori Soto’s CUBAN FOOD STORIES
, which explores Cuba’s characteristic cuisine.
WHEN THE BEAT DROPS
Other selections include the world premieres of Djimon Hounsou’s IN SEARCH OF VOODOO: ROOTS TO HEAVEN
, which seeks to reclaim the stigmatized spiritual practice; and of Jamal Sims’ WHEN THE BEAT DROPS
, an exploration of the black dance subculture of bucking; the North American premiere of Lefteris Charitos’ DOLPHIN MAN
, about famed free-driver Jacques Mayol; and the Florida premiere of David Abel’s GLADESMEN: THE LAST OF THE SAWGRASS COWBOYS
, on the vanishing – and contentious – culture of Floridian Everglades airboaters.