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Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella

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A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him and have been influence by his music.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Adio Kerida: Goodbye Dear Love

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A personal journey about the search for identity and memory among Sephardic Jews with roots in Cuba. Anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba in search of the country's remaining Sephardic Jews and her family's ties to them. Presents a lyrical journey into Cuba's Jewish past and present-day that is filled with painful goodbyes and a belief in the possibility of return and renewal. Behar addresses her goodbye to her native land, from which she departed as a child, before she developed her own memories. Her grandparents were Jewish emigrants to Cuba and hoped it would be their promised land. Like most Cuban Jews, they left Cuba and resettled in the United States, with only a small number of Jews remaining on the island. Interviews with Sephardic Jews in Cuba and Miami.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell

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Shadow of the House is about looking closely. Filmed over seven years, it is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. The narrative skips across time and space from his early childhood escape from Castro's regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile. Shadow of the House uncovers the deep layers of a man who is pushed to confront his past and his familial allegiances as it explores his unique artistic vision.
DVD
2009; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)