New Film ‘The Cuban’ Explores Impact of Afro-Latino Jazz

Director Sergio Navarretta, the filmmaker behind The Cuban, which opened this month with a theatrical and virtual cinema release, hung out and spoke to us about the critically acclaimed film.

The Cuban, which tells the moving story of an elderly Cuban musician who has dementia and Alzheimer’s, acts as a love letter to the diverse cultures and generations of people that make up our communities. Shot in Havana, Cuba and Canada, it is infused with a lively Afro-Cuban jazz score composed by Grammy nominated Cuban-Canadian pianist Hilario Duran.

Navarretta has assembled an excellent cast including Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Office and a Gentleman, Watchmen), Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, The Expanse), Emmy winner Lauren Holly, and Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy), with a breakout performance by Ana Golja.

Prior to COVID-19  shutting the doors of many film festivals, the film received multiple awards including the audience award for a feature narrative and the special programmers’ award at the 2020 Pan African Film Festival, as well as best cinematography at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival. Check out the conversation about not only the magic of the movie, but the importance of Afro-Cuban music for many around the world.



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