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East of Havana

East of Havana (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Three talented hip-hop musicians struggle to make themselves heard in a repressive culture in this documentary from filmmakers Jauretsi Saizabitoria and Emilia Menocal. While rap and hip-hop are often cited as the most pervasive and influential musical forms to emerge in public consciousness since 1980, in Cuba rappers and DJs are still waging an uphill battle to gain official acceptance. Soandry (real name Soandres Del Rio Ferrer), Magyori Martinez Veitia, and Mikki Flow (real name Michel

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A rare glimpse of everyday life in Cuba, where big questions and obstacles confront the rappers at seemingly every turn.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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East of Havana sets individual stories against the bitter, resilient landscape of Cuba's political history. For the youth in the film, music doesn't just have a purpose, it is a purpose, and the artists find in hip-hop a 'mental freedom.'

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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If you thought that the Buena Vista Social Club was all that needed to be said about Cuban music, now there's East of Havana, which is about the Cuba rap scene.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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East of Havana lacks the grace or intelligence to let the music speak for itself.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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There's a beat, but we never quite see who's dancing to it.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The film makes an ironic point about Cuba: This is a land where the grandparents are revolutionaries (or at least say they are) but the kids are yearning for capitalist globalization.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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There are some memorable, evocative moments, but they are spoiled by the film's obvious and simplistic politics.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It would have been nice to say that EAST OF HAVANA serves a terrific introduction to the world of Cuban hip-hop, but I cannot.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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East of Havana, at its best, extols the Cuban hip-hop artist's sense of community and insistence on being heard through the rhetoric of Castro's revolution.

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A powerful hip-hop song makes you want to change the world; East Of Havana, sadly, just made me want to change the channel.

January 21, 2007 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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Visually striking (particularly the opening and end titles sequences), the film reveals the everyday lives of everyday people, both where and how they live.

November 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Soandry flows with intelligence rarely seen now in the states; don't be surprised if you hear his name again.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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