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HFFNY- Closing Night-The Forbidden Shores
The 18th Annual Havana Film Festival took place in New York and En La Escena was there at the Director’s Guild theater, to capture the highlights of the closing night red carpet for the film The Forbidden Shore.
The Forbidden Shore is a documentary film by Director Ron Chapman who chronicled the struggles of the unheard Cuban musicians who have been silenced due to political suppression . Chapman, not only captures the beauty and rhythm of the 40 various musicians featured, but he also details their frustrations. We see the artists longing to have their music heard throughout the world and form part of what they refer to a universal presence.
While their music is virtually unknown internationally, the spirit and soul of their artistry has flourished. The film portrays their struggles through generations and how music within Cuba has diversified into an array of genres.
While the sounds of the “Son” and “Timbao” are prominent and traditional, younger generations have expanded into electronica, hip-hip, reggae and beyond.
One of the artists that is featured in the film, is Telmary Diaz, a rapper and hip-hop artist that joined us on the red carpet. Her voice is unique as she is a pioneer in her genre and is one of few musicians that has lived outside of Cuba and returned.
Rich in history, culture and hope, this film was the perfect end to the Havana Film Festival NYC 2017 edition.
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