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Monday, February 9, 2009

East of Havana (2006) Documentary

East of Havana (2006) - This lackluster music documentary does little to capture the vibrant Cuban hip hop movement. Instead it is an exercise in how finding one's place in a failed country gets you through the tough life. More interested in making a statement about Cuba, but still showing some of the life in the hip hop community the film sort of just makes a good try but does not hit the mark. Not daring to explore the politics in a detailed way it only touches the topics of the 40 year embargo and its affect on everyday Cubans. It should have either chosen to show the music in detail or the plight of everyday Cubans instead of the mishmash of a bit of each. We never get the detail to invest in either.
Rating (4.5)

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