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(265) 7.2 82 min 2018

A Tuba to Cuba is a movie starring Ben Jaffe, Walter Harris, and Charlie Gabriel. A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores...

Starring
Charlie Gabriel, Walter Harris, Ronell Johnson, Ben Jaffe
Genres
History, Documentary, Music
Director
Danny Clinch, T.G. Herrington

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres History, Documentary, Music
Director Danny Clinch, T.G. Herrington
Writer T.G. Herrington, T.G. Herrington
Stars Charlie Gabriel, Walter Harris, Ronell Johnson, Ben Jaffe
Country Cuba, USA
Also Known As W rytmie Kuby
Runtime 1H 22M
Description A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined.

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Tuesday, 09 Feb 2021 14:42

In 1975, Mariela Castro and Anibal Fernandez decided to go to Mexico to document the state of their marriage as well as the divorce proceedings. Cuban born actress Mariela Castro joined Mariela Fernandez and a couple of friends in the trip, an actress/director and a small group of Cuban musicians. They traveled a rough route in the American west to visit exotic (and sometimes offensive) locations such as a gated community, an illegal bus station, a posh neighborhood, a studio apartment and the University of Colorado. The trip was sponsored by the Coca Cola company in support of the Cuban military. However, the trip took a turn for the worse. Cuban artists, including Mariela Castro, were being sent back to Cuba. Mariela's brother, Miguel Castro, was on the plane and apparently was unhappy about his sister's leaving, saying, "If you don't like what she did to you, you should go back to Cuba." While going back to Cuba, Miguel and his sister Mariela argued. During this time, the brothers attended a gun show, where they were detained by Cuban soldiers. Mariela was told by one of the soldiers that she must return to Cuba by July 2, 1975 or she would be executed. Despite his promise to her, she was forced to return. The film consists of a series of interviews by Cuban musicians. The topic is not the music or the music itself, but rather the problems that Cuban musicians are facing in Cuba, both in the free market and in state repression. What may be more significant for the average person, is the tension that Mariela and Mariela's brother are feeling about their sister's going back to Cuba. The film covers many different topics, from the cultural struggle, the freedom of expression, the Cubans' desire to be part of a united culture, the fear of immigration, and the invasion of drugs. Some things are left out, like talk of the Baile Apolo Querido, or of how, in 1977, Mariela's father lost his job in the Coca-Cola company because he was a "communist". However, most of the film is positive and positive is not a word, just like life in Cuba today. I believe this is a film that I will be glad to revisit. The film covers many things, all of which are positive and positive, is not a word, just like life in Cuba today.
Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 08:59

I was drawn to this film by its use of archival footage, the performance of legendary Cuban singer, and the story of the human trafficking of young women, both in Cuba and the United States. The film starts out with the ill fated voyeuristic invasion of a childhood home in Washington state, where thousands of young, almost innocent Cubans (boys and girls) are being abducted. The film traces the development of the 'papel group' and some of the tactics used by the CIA to smuggle the Cuban refugees out of the country. From there, the movie goes into the first stage of the invasion: a kind of drill, with the CIA and a clandestine ship hired by the Home Guard of the Cuban government in Washington, to man the station. The boat is actually just a sickly little fishing boat, with rigged catapults and a snorkel to take the Cuban refugees to Florida. The CIA, with its foreboding music, has been filming the entire thing. The language of the narrator is English, and even though this is a big Spanish-speaking country, he is speaking American Spanish. This is a terrific translation of the Cuban scene, with the accent of the narrator being spot on. Later, the narrator has this brilliant moment with the German conductor he has befriended in the asylum, who claims to be playing a Spanish. Later, he returns to the asylum with his wife to confront the man. All of the cast does an excellent job, with the obvious exception of Raul Julia, who is simply unbearable in a performance that is basically being shouted into the camera. He is really the only person with a clear center of focus in this film. What can you do?
Sunday, 10 Jan 2021 12:20

After watching this documentary I was somewhat surprised to find that there has been a tendency to make a documentary out of such a simple subject, namely, "What is ballet?" What happened to these really great artists, who have achieved what they wanted to achieve, they were fighting for? It is like they knew what they wanted, and that they didn't care what people thought. But for me, it is not the case. There were many great artists, who would have been forgotten but for their works and achievements. Where the great ones could stand proud, yet I don't think they would do that. I think they deserved that they were seen by people. Where they were enjoying the wonderful vision of the directors and the dancers. But they also deserve the right to be forgotten. I don't think that Michael Phelps, who is a former Olympic athlete, was the one that ruined the sport. But he made it go a bit wrong. He did a lot of work and damaged it. He made it more politic, too. Because everybody knows how many people his way. I didn't see this in Evangeline Lilly, another great dancer. She is truly an outstanding woman. But, I think they have done a lot of damage and she is not really respected. So I don't think they are worthy of all the accolades. I think they deserve a much better life. I am not saying they deserve to live forever, because they have not lived for many years. I think they are deserved to be forgotten. But I think they were at least an interesting topic for a documentary. The other people, the owners of the Greek Theater, got the money and they made a profit and they have a very good life. They were very efficient and a lot of energy. They were not dancing about anything. They were thinking about what they want to make, how they want to make it, how they wanted to perform it. But I am not saying that they should make an excuse. They have a great family, a nice house, two wonderful sons and two daughters. I think they could have a better life than most people. I think that the best life is not the one you can get when you are 60 years old. What I wanted to make clear in this documentary is that they deserve to be forgotten. But that is not their problem. I think this would have been a better way of doing things. This is the way it is. If I could make a documentary about that, I would have been a very very long documentary.
Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 18:26

For his first time making an extended documentary, Christopher Isherwood looks at the life of accordion virtuoso Cubo Guerrero, a former controversial subject who in the 1970s tried to flee Cuba to enjoy the U.S. market. The film is built on interviews with some of his closest and most intimate friends, family and teachers. Some of his only recorded recordings are of his musical compositions, which were recorded during his decades on the run. Some of the music may be considered a confession of his homosexuality, but one of his life experiences would seem to qualify as one for his spirit to stay in one country longer than his heart would allow. That makes this a very warm and illuminating film. Of course, this is not a documentary about a genius, it is a man who is trying to avoid being pigeonholed. So it is really no surprise that he sounds gay as he explains how he came to be and his dislike of being pigeonholed. The real story here is his exploration of his life in the U.S.A. (of course, it is a rather ironic fact that a lot of the music he created in Cuba is the perfect antidote to the oppressive Cuban regime, but the good will and openness that the Cubans are only too willing to show to a "wanted" foreigner) As in every documentary, there are gaps, some in terms of clips, but even more in terms of the vast amount of material that is not in context. We learn that he had a female friend, and it was her whom he played the accordion at her wedding. But it's not until the close of the film when he is asked to describe his "relationship" with her (even though he says he was already engaged). In other words, this is a man who plays his accordion but has no interest in the woman (in his own words, and so the filmmakers would have you believe). There are many wonderful things about this film, but the most amazing is the final one, as a concert is played by his family in Havana and he is absolutely on the spot, playing with perfect pitch for hours. He is certainly not Cuban, yet his ability to play with utter perfection belies the history of persecution he endured. There is no doubt he has the talent of a virtuoso, and this is very commendable. But as a history lesson, it is a failure. If they wanted to make a serious look at the man, this might have been more interesting, but as a musical biography, it is a disappointing failure.
Friday, 11 Dec 2020 09:57

Fifty-year-old Salma Sheik was the first Gulf War widow in the US. Her husband had died in the attack on Kuwait in 1990, and she had remained home to raise three children, the youngest of whom is now 30, and take care of the disabled one. When war broke out in the early 1990s, she had to learn to adapt. Most of the people in the audience had never heard of her until the last few minutes. "Fifty-Year Old Women in the Gulf War" is an intriguing examination of her life. It is riveting, moving and tells an engaging story. It is mostly filmed in a serene setting, in a city apartment in Montreal, where Sheik lived for her last three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Sheik was unable to adapt to the conditions of her own country. She moved to Montreal for the first time, and got a job as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. She then worked in an apartment building while the Soviets were invading. For a while, she lived there with her daughters and another daughter. She kept a low profile, especially when she and her daughters were returning from the US, and she never went to the restaurant. She was out of contact with her oldest daughter until the attack on Kuwait, when she became worried that she might be killed. She was eventually reunited with her youngest daughter, who is now 29. She spoke with the journalist Peter Greste and showed her post-war home. She was physically fit, and had worked out and was healthy. She was actually kind of a skinnier woman than she had been before the war. She was divorced, and after many years she is divorced herself. She suffered no post-war depression, but the trauma and stress of the war had damaged her health. She had high cholesterol and diabetes, had multiple sclerosis and made many other health problems. She had worked in hospitals and she could stand up for herself. She had nothing to eat, had to get up at 6am and then have lunch with no money. She did not receive health care and her insurance was very limited. She says she has never worked again after the war. She made the most of the terrible crisis. Her daughter is now a nurse and she is taking care of her. "Fifty-Year Old Women in the Gulf War" is a compelling film and I recommend it.
Wednesday, 09 Dec 2020 17:08

The group of islanders involved in the recording of the 'Voice of the People' became associated with Fidel Castro, the legendary revolutionary leader who founded the island nation of Cuba in 1928. While on the island they were shown various films and films of Cuba. On the special edition DVD, the footage from this trip is included as well. There are also a number of films from this tour made at the time, the most prominent being A TUNA TO CUBA. The discussion and travel schedules of the group and the discussions among the participants are fascinating. The film includes the birth of the island, the founding of the republic and how the people of Cuba from all walks of life responded to Fidel Castro's government and revolution. The group of visitors who were interviewed were also able to describe how the people of Cuba were able to live during this period. These are the things that the film doesn't focus on, like the fighting between the rebels and the regime. The film offers a few glimpses of Castro's first coming into power and how his administration was greeted by the people. Although the Cuban Revolution, which was clearly a response to the Soviets, is a more recent subject, the documentary captures the spirit of the time that inspired this revolution. The documentary is really a journey that was organized by a small group of people. The travel of the group, the filming and the discussions led to a group of participants who would meet again to continue the trip. This documentary includes a lot of interviews and commentary from different people who participated in the trip. I think that the travel is worth seeing and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. It's interesting to see how different people reacted to this revolution. This group went to Cuba to record a very significant event in the history of their country.
Sunday, 22 Nov 2020 13:45

The documentary on the Afro-Cuban musician, Jose Maria Balaguero (of "Coffee and Cigarettes") is rather entertaining as a travelogue of Balaguero's complex love life and difficult beginnings. It gives a fascinating insight into the relationship between Balaguero and his parents and how they interact. Balaguero's father is portrayed as being extremely patriotic and extremely confrontational in his views on Cuba and other people of African descent. This contrast is made apparent through the interviews of other family members in which Balaguero can be seen as a loud, impulsive child, who eventually comes to terms with his father's anti-black views and a desire for love in his son. As he grows up, Balaguero is given a considerable amount of space to speak about his feelings, both positive and negative. One interviewee relates that he was shocked by Balaguero's interpretation of his daughter's behavior in response to the media's calling attention to his romantic relationships. The interviewee reflects that the sexual orientation of the girls and women in the early Cuban sex clubs had been irrelevant to Balaguero's observations until the late 1960's. In Balaguero's mind, sexuality was not considered a positive concept and, as a result, was something to be feared. Balaguero's mother describes the two of them as "close friends" who avoided saying anything to each other and were often angered by rumors of their sexual relationships. These years of near-annihilation of his family are played up in a very tender and well-done performance by Balaguero. The first interviewee is a close friend and colleague of Balaguero's mother. When Balaguero's mother asks him whether he is gay, Balaguero's immediate response is "no" and he is not embarrassed to reveal the fact that he was attracted to men. The interview is frank, but there is an almost shy look in Balaguero's face and he simply responds with an unpretentious, matter-of-fact response. The interviewer, playing the interviewer, does not even have to be present, since Balaguero and his mother talk in front of him. I have heard a number of interviews with Balaguero and they often reflect his demeanor and feelings, and, in these cases, the interviewees seem to reflect Balaguero's opinions on gay men, women, and men in general. Balaguero's attraction to men was one of a handful of factors that drove his desire for sex with women. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that he made a conscious decision to have sexual relationships with men as a means of getting the sexual satisfaction that he felt he was entitled to by his mother's dictates. The movie "El Amor De La Habana" records Balaguero's life over a period of several years, beginning with his father's death and the publication of his musical compositions, to his father's death, his resignation from the government, and his great disappointment with the very end of his father's government. Many of his family members have a lot of personal stories about their relationships with Balaguero. The interviewees give very frank accounts of their dislike and resentment for their former father-in-law. It is clear that there was a profound effect of their resentment toward the government on their son's physical and emotional well-being. Balaguero is invited to be interviewed by a family member who was a close friend. This family member provides a detailed account of the horrible and disrespectful treatment of Balaguero by the government and his father-in-law. It is obvious from this account that his attitude toward his father-in-law was also harshly influenced by the government. In my opinion, "El Amor De La Habana" is a very well-done documentary that was well received by most of the Cuban audiences it was shown in. It seems to have taken root in the world community in Cuba, and I am not sure that it will gain wide acceptance outside of Cuba. While it is true that Balaguero's music will not be heard again in Cuba for years, his music will never be forgotten.
Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 03:15

There is a bit of a trend here in "The Best of The Best" series. The first two "Best of The Best" were made at the same time as the first "The Best of The Best", with both being excellent films. This film is very different. I thought the plot was so interesting that it probably was too much for one viewing, but after multiple viewings, I can see why people thought it was great. The film is extremely long, but if you are interested in Cuba's life before he became a famous singer, the film is very well made. The film is extremely focused on Cuba, and focuses on his life before he became a famous singer. The film gives his life a very good personal angle, and helps to paint a picture of his life before he became famous. It also focuses on the people who he was close to, and the people who he was not close to, and how they shaped his life. The film also shows how he became famous and how he became successful. It also shows how he tried to be like everyone else, and how he could never match up to the other famous singers in his life. The film also shows the other singers that he is close to, and how he tried to help them, and how he helped them, and how he tried to help them. The film is very well made, and the best thing about the film is that it is very focused on Cuba. I have never heard of this man, but he is definitely a very talented person, and he was definitely an important part of my life. I think this is a very important film for everyone who has a love for music, and a passion for this man. This film is very much worth seeing, and I think you will love it.


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