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Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World Image

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Eliades Ochoa: de Cuba y para el mundo

MAD | Music/Art/Design

Anyone familiar with Cuban music knows the Buena Vista Social Club changed the musical world. But they might know less about one of the driving forces behind the group. Described as "the Cuban Johnny Cash," Eliades Ochoa is one of the nation’s greatest living musicians. Born into a family of farmers in the countryside near Santiago, Ochoa grew up playing guitar and singing traditional songs with his parents and siblings. Since those early days, his singular talent has led him to the world’s greatest stages where he has performed with artists from Silvio Rodríguez to Bob Dylan.

Cynthia Biestek’s engaging documentary is a thorough record of Ochoa’s life and career. Before Buena Vista Social Club, Ochoa played the nightclubs of Santiago and rubbed shoulders with some of the city’s greats. In 1978 he helped resurrect El Cuarteto Patria, a trova group into which he incorporated elements of son music. Shortly after, he met Francisco Repilado (Compay Segundo) and the rest is history. Black and white archival footage steeps Biestek’s film in warm nostalgia, while interviews with Cuban legends and celebrity fans flesh out this portrait of a true musical treasure.

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Canadian premiere
Director Cynthia Biestek
Country of Origin: Cuba/Mexico
Year: 2019
Running Time: 100 mins
Format: Bluray
Language:In Spanish with English subtitles
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer
Featuring: Benicio del Toro, Silvio Rodríguez, Charles Musselwhite, Omara Portuondo, Adalberto Álvarez
Executive Producer: Raciel Ruiz
Producer: Cynthia Biestek
Screenwriter: Ian Padron
Cinematographer: Rafael Solis, Aramis Fonseca
Editor: Ian Padron
Production Company: Positivation Films
Print Source: Ian Padron


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