East of Havana Poster

Release Date: February 2nd, 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 22 min

Plot Summary
This documentary focuses on Cuban hip-hop group El Cartel, composed of rappers Soandry, Magyori and Mikki Flow. They have helped organize the International Festival of Rap Cubano, the nation's sole celebration of rap music. The government puts a halt to the fest, citing weather concerns. However, El Cartel feels that the officials who stopped the gathering were trying to censor the artists set to perform. Undeterred, El Cartel and their fellow musicians begin to plan a more clandestine event.

Director: Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Emilia Menocal

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Denver and Delilah Productions

Keywords: 2000s, Rousing, Underdog, Inspiring, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The rap music we hear, which is produced outside Cuba's state-run music industry, is politically audacious and charged with personal expression and uplift. The film was produced by Charlize Theron's socially conscious company, Denver and Delilah films. show more

  • East of Havana picks at these politico-philosophical threads rather than pulling them, and the sense of a larger movement is fleeting. There's a beat, but we never quite see who's dancing to it. show more

  • The film, made by two Cuban-American exiles (and produced by their friend, Charlize Theron), makes an ironic point about Cuba: This is a land where the grandparents are revolutionaries (or at least say they are) but the kids are yearning for capitalist globalization. show more

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