3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival
Black and Cuba / Jennyselt Galata de Yoruba Andabo & Sailen (Afro Cuban Folklore)
Black and Cuba
USA, 2014, 82 min.
Dir. Robin J. Hayes
Black and Cuba follows street-smart Ivy League students who, outcast at their elite university, band together and venture to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. With cutting-edge style and humor, this inspiring documentary illuminates how racial equality is an international human rights issue. Through the streets of Havana and Santiago, they observe the literal signs of revolution, spirited hip-hop performances and candid encounters with AfroCubans that highlight both uplifting and disheartening similarities between African American, Latino and Cuban experiences.
Jennyselt Galata de Yoruba Andabo & Sailen (Afro Cuban Folklore)
Cuba, 2014, 10 min.
Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Jennyselt is a dancer of Afro Cuban Folklore, with great prestige within Cuba and internationally and currently dances with the group Yoruba Andabo. She seeks her successor to keep the legacy of Afro-Cuban culture, dance and religion alive. Jennyselt takes us to the side of Havana that is rarely seen by tourist, Juanelo. Where there is a community project cultivating dreams and teaching the next generation of dancers. Who will she choose to keep the legacy alive?
Q&A w/Robin J. Hayes & Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi*
Co-presented by Filadelfia Latin Film Festival
The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival is made possible in part due to generous support from the Knight Foundation, Lomax Family Foundation, PECO, Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360°, Wyncote Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, Community Council Health Systems, Leeway Foundation, Miller-Worley Foundation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Skai Blue Media, Red Bull, Aqua Energy, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Mazzoni Center, La Colombe, Spodee, Uber, and individual donors; and in partnership with Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, International House, Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live, Center for Africana Studies at UPenn, Okayplayer, Black&Sexy TV, Little Giant Media, i-g Creative, and Reelblack.