Cultural TV channel ARTE is the partner of the 28th Africa Festival. This year, the programme of the movie tent will be dedicated to the Caribbean island of Cuba. Every night, two films will give viewers the opportunity to learn more about the music, people and culture of the Caribbean island.
8.30 p.m. Cuba: Viva la Vida!
Documentary from Viktor Stauder, ARTE/ZDF 2012, 52 min.
9.30 p.m. Havana Club Rumba Sessions: La Clave
Documentary from Charly Inman, 2015, 78 min., in English
8.30 p.m. Mafia Paradise,
Cuba before the Revolution of 1959
Documentary from Bernhard Pfletschinger and Hans-Peter Weymar,
ARTE/WDR 2012, 52 min.
9.30 p.m. Cuba's divine rhythms:
The African roots of Salsa and Son
Documentary from Alexander C. Stenzel, ARTE/HR 2013, 52 min.
8.30 p.m. Havana's hairdressers
Documentary from Joanna Michna, ARTE 2014, 52 min.
9.30 p.m. The beauty of women: Cuba - the scent of the Caribbean
Documentary from Daniel Lainé, ARTE/SWR 2013, 52 min.
8.30 p.m. Cuba: Chevy, Buick, Harley & others
Documentary from Michel Dumont und Eric Bergeron, ARTE 2012, 27 min.
Rolling Havana Cigars
Documentary from Christian Kubo, ARTE/MDR 2002, 26 min.
9.30 p.m. 7 Days in Havana
Excerpt from Thursday to Sunday
Movie in episodes, Alamode Film 2013, Excerpt of 74 min. in German
THURSDAY, May 26th, 2016
© Viktor Stauder
CUBA: VIVA LA VIDA!
Cuba has an extraordinary demographical property: the most centennials world-wide live there. Are music, love and cigars the secret ingredients to eternal life? In the movie, bands of senior gambling enthusiasts, stoked old dancer ladies and a woman who is 127 years old (and thus probably the oldest woman world-wide) talk about their lives and getting older.
HAVANA CLUB RUMBA SESSIONS: LA CLAVE
A journey to the roots of Rumba which is inseparably connected with Cuba and the history of slavery. In the movie, legendary Cuban musicians talk about their love for Rumba which is omnipresent in Cuba: from traditional versions to modern interpretations and remixes like the ones that are played at clubs in Havana. The famous group “Osain del Monte”, which will perform at the Africa Festival, is featured in the movie.
FRIDAY, May 27th, 2016
© Martin Kaeswurm
MAFIA PARADISE: CUBA BEFORE THE REVOLUTION OF 1959
Before the revolution, Cuba was known as a country of mafiosi. In no other place of the world was the Italian-American mafia so close to realising the dream of an independent state. Drug deals, prostitution and gambling determined the economy, politics and tourism of the island nation. The documentary portrays this special part of Cuba’s history.Vor der Revolution 1959 galt Kuba als Mafiosi-Land.
CUBA'S DIVINE RHYTHMS: THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF SALSA AND SON
Cuban music is more than Salsa and Son. The movie shows the versatile musical influences the island has experienced over centuries from which a unique musical culture arose. A musical journey through Cuba where African rhythms and deities determine everyday life and music until the present day.
SATURDAY, May 28th, 2016
© MedienKontor/Joanna Michna
Existential fear shape everyday life of many people in Cuba. They have to come up with ideas and be proactive to prevent becoming poor or even turn to crime. Gilberto founded a hairdresser school as a social project to give young people a second chance. He is the owner of Havana’s most famous hair salon and became rich. The business with beauty is and will stay the most secure source of income in Cuba.
THE BEAUTY OF WOMEN: CUBA - THE SCENT OF THE CARIBBEAN
Cuban women are known for their zest for life and energy. Although the country has been cut off from the allure of consumption of the globalised world for decades, Cuban women make the most of the little they have. They create their own ideals of beauty while brimming over with strength and confidence. The movie introduces us to strong women: dancers, musicians and workers.
SUNDAY, May 29th, 2016
CUBA: CHEVY, BUICK, HARLEY AND OTHERS
Due to the decades-long trade embargo, there are almost no new cars in Cuba. Car owners keep their old cars in good condition with a lot of love and creativity. There are Cubans who would rather do without a dinner than a spare part from the black market. Thus a trip through Havana resembles a visit to a museum of antique cars.
ROLLING HAVANA CIGARS
All over the world, cigars are the most popular Cuban luxury item. It takes over 200 steps and great handicraft to produce a real Havana cigar. The trade with fake cigars is also prospering.
© MedienKontor FFP
7 DAYS IN HAVANA
An extraordinary movie project: seven days, seven directors and seven short films show snapshots of a fascinating city. Sometimes it is musical, sometimes loud, sometimes completely quiet, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. The inimitable flair of the city becomes alive: the quiet melancholy, the rush of the close sea, the picturesque dilapidated alleys and the music in the bars and restaurants. We show the episodes of Thursday to Sunday.