Two new documentary films explore Cuban and Cuban-American life. Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories (57 minutes) highlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban-American family, from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx. Diana, Ruben, and Pablo reveal stories of growing political awareness, overcoming the dangers of the streets, and coming into their own as Afro-Latinos in the 1960s and 1970s. The experiences of one family speak to the larger issues of immigration, race, class, and diaspora that help to shape the identities and political consciousness of everyday people.
With a Stroke of the Chaveta (28 minutes) tells the story of cigars and literature in Cuba from the perspective of lectores (readers), which were an integral part of the world of cigarmakers. It takes viewers into the cigar factories of Cuba to witness the collective reading of literature during the ciagarmaking process.
For more information about these films visit the Grito Productions Website: www.gritoproductions.com