NYC VIBE at the 2018

Havana Film Festival

in New York City

July 2018 – Lights, Camera, Cuba!

Of all the film festivals that captured the imagination of New Yorkers this year, there is only one festival which brought the Caribbean culture to the big screen with depth, insight and drama. That is the 19th annual Havana Film Festival.

NYC VIBE attended closing night of the 19th annual Havana Film Festival, which is the longest running Latino film festival in New York City! The festival announced its momentous Award Ceremony to trophy the winning films of which 14 films competed for the Havana Star Prize.

The New York Havana Film Festival came to a close at the Directors Guild Theater in Midtown Manhattan, with the NY premiere of the Cuban documentary “Cuban Food Stories”, directed by Asori Soto. “Cuban Food Stories” is a unique film about food, society, and culture on the island of Cuba. A road-trip adventure all around the island to discover the most authentic flavors and stories behind the Cuban cuisine. A film with unprecedented access to regions that are so remote that you can only get there by raft, horseback, or swimming. It is a journey that will leave your mouths watering as we take you from the middle of nowhere to the big cities to discover an exciting Cuba in times of change.

Making its NY premiere, “Filiberto” is a story of a professional musician who abandons his trumpet and family to live the clandestine life of an armed revolutionary for Puerto Rican Independence. Filiberto follows the tragic tale of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos. “Indestructible, The Souls of Salsa” is a musical documentary following Spanish flamenco singer Diego “El Cigala” as he embarks on a journey to make a salsa record. With stops in Cali, Havana, Punta Cana, San Juan, Miami and New York, Indestructible is a musical tour-de-force, enlisting the likes of Omara Portuondo, Larry Harlow and the Fania All-Stars as our guides. The festival celebrated the diversity of voices and cultural expressions of Cuba and Latin America through inspiring stories told on the big screen – but of course, all taking place in New York City.