First Fridays! BRONX AFRO-CUBAN FILM NIGHT!
As part of the Bronx Museum's First Fridays! program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the African Film Festival will screen Young Rebels and Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator. Music will be provided by DJ Asho, and the band The Cimarrón Project featuring Román Díaz.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Cuba/USA, 2005, 70 min. - Documentary (English and Spanish with English subtitles)
In Havana, Cuba, the spirited beats and rhymes of the hip-hop community are just as much a product of the troubled economy as of their insatiable revolutionary spirit. Young Rebels intimately engages five hip-hop groups and two producers as they negotiate the Havana summer.
Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator
Katrin Hansing, Cuba, 2009, 24 mins. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Freddy Ilanga, a fifteen year old Congolese youth, becomes Che Guevara's personal Swahili teacher and translator during the seven intense months of Che's mission to train anti-Mobutu rebels in Congo. This film is about displacement, familial relations and the high costs of exile during the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution.
The Cimarrón Project featuring Román Díaz is an ensemble dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Afro-Cuban music and dance at its most traditional - rumba, son, pilon, chanqui and other deeper forms. We educate our listeners by introducing them to lesser known forms such as the Cuban Bata drumming style, Abakua music, Suku Suku, and Changui by weaving these elements into renditions of Rumba and Cuban Son.
Every month, the Bronx Museum's First Fridays! series features a different artistic discipline --film, performances, music-- and other special events!
First Fridays! are made possible through the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Simón Bolívar Foundation.
Presented in collaboration with the African Film Festival, Asho Productions, Cinema Tropical, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and The 161 Street Business Improvement District.
Joyce Kilmer Park (View)
Grand Concourse to Walton Avenue btw. East 161 Street and Eas
Bronx, NY 10451
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