Classic Cuban Films May 8th | 6:00 pm Aaron Davis Hall
Harlem-Havana Classic Cuban Films Series
(In partnership with New Heritage Film & CCNY Department of Media & Communication Arts)
Classic Cuban Films
Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B
Various Dates | 6:00 pm
Miel Para Oshún / Honey for Oshun (2001)
Directed by Humberto Solas
Thursday, February 15 at 6pm
Following the death of his father, Miami college professor Roberto (Jorge Perugorría) thinks of his mother, who did not immigrate with them to the United States from Cuba 32 years before. Traveling to the land of his birth, Robert looks up his cousin Pilar (Isabel Santos), who helps him find out what happened to his mother. An amiable cab driver named Antonio (Mario Limonta) drives the pair around the island nation as they piece together the events preceding Robert’s childhood defection.
Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
Tuesday, March 27 at 6pm
In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services. This is where Carla Perez works. A young dreamer, this government employee transforms boredom into a ‘crossroads of feeling in writing’. More than merely sending and receiving letters, she aims to help her companions in finding happiness and love. Such good will can not go un-rewarded. Her exiled parents in Miami entered her name in the yearly U.S. immigration lottery. Unexpectedly, she receives a notice for her interview to get the ‘green card’. Now she will have to opt between a future of her own in Cuba, and a future planned by others in Miami.
Directed by Pavel Giroud
Tuesday, May 8 at 6pm
When Cuban mother Alicia (Susana Tejera) leaves her husband, she travels to Havana with her young son, Samuel (Iván Carreira), to stay with her mother, Violeta (Mercedes Sampietro). Although she is none too happy about the situation, Violeta eventually warms to having her grandson around, particularly when he becomes interested in her photography. Soon Violeta and Samuel bond over their love of the art, but instability, both with Alicia and with the Cuban government, threatens their happiness.
In June 2016, Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel and New York Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the beginning of a cultural exchange between Harlem and the Cuban capitol of Havana, now known as Harlem Havana. As part of Harlem Week 2018, Cuban performers, chefs, educators and artists came to New York City to demonstrate the connection between Cuba’s colorful capital and Harlem—long a center for black culture.