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East of Havana

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East of Havana

East of Havana

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
82 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/02/07
director:
Emilia Menocal, Juaretsi Saizarbitoria
distributor:
Sony BMG
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B-

”Cuban hip-hop” isn’t a well-known subgenre, and El Cartel — a trio of rappers making unapproved music under the thumb of Castro — aren’t exactly the Wu-Tang Clan. In a more open society, this game but muted documentary suggests, Mikki Flow, Soandry, and Magyori would be superstars; yet superstardom (in the maximalist American sense) is something they distrust. East of Havana picks at these politico-philosophical threads rather than pulling them, and the sense of a larger movement is fleeting. There’s a beat, but we never quite see who’s dancing to it. B-

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