Heaven | Chicago Reader


This 2003 documentary by Romanian filmmaker Alina Teodorescu picks up where Buena Vista Social Club left off, showcasing a group of young Cuban musicians, called Madera Limpia, who are the spiritual descendants of the earlier film's elder statesmen. Teodorescu opens on a beach as several players drum on tree limbs and plastic containers, and the hypnotically percussive music that follows, much of it produced by worn drum kits and tarnished trumpets, is a heady blend of rap, changui, samba, and son. The film captures the rhythms of daily life among the district's proud but impoverished inhabitants, though any documentary about urban Cuba is worth a look just for the music and the splendidly preserved American cars from the 50s that prowl the streets like so many dinosaurs. In Spanish with subtitles. 96 min.

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