Miami 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 38th Miami Film Festival

Dates:
March 5-14

About:
This popular Florida event adopts a hybrid online and in-person model this year, and screens just over a dozen doc features or series among its approximately 50 features.

Among the offerings:

BIRTHRIGHT
Director: Jayme Kaye Gershen
Miami-bred electro-pop musicians Afrobeta are invited to perform in Havana, Cuba, their parents’ homeland, igniting a surreal journey into who they are, where they come from, and what being Cuban really means.

THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN
Director: Matthew Heineman
An intimate portrait of international music superstar J Balvin as he prepares for the most important concert of his career – a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia.

CUBAN DANCER
Director: Roberto Salinas
Alexis, a talented and proud student of the National Ballet School of Cuba, must adjust to a radically new environment when he moves with his family to Florida.

LATIN NOIR
Director: Andreas Apostolidis
In the land of the Zapatistas, Augusto Pinochet, and Fidel Castro, what are the stories Latin Americans have been telling to confront their troubled past?

THE MIRAMAR MURDERS: THE STATE VS PABLO IBAR
Director: Olmo Figueredo
In 1994, a triple homicide at the Miramar home of a vivacious South Florida bar owner shocked the entire community. Pablo Ibar, son of famed Spanish jai alai player Candido Ibar, is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. After 16 years on death row, the Florida Supreme Court suspends Pablo’s execution and orders a new trial: Pablo’s last chance. In this docuseries, a swirl of characters, including judges, attorneys, victims’ family members, Pablo’s family, other suspects, detectives, jurors, create an epic tapestry of what it means to be on trial in America.

A NEW DAWN
Director: Manny Soto
A portrait of Cubans who escaped from Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the sixties and seventies for the US, recounting often traumatic stories about leaving everything behind and finding a new place to belong and get ahead.

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