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Inspired by a life long fascination with Cuba, filmmaker Bruce Donnelly explores the lives of twelve beloved and internationally visual known artists working in Havana today. The passion of ALUMBRONES is not only in the superb and diverse art it features, but in the artists themselves, their unshakable love for Cuba, and the joy of the creative process that unites them. Engaging the artists in their studios, Donnelly covers a wide range of topics from the troubled "Special Period" with its supply shortages and constant blackouts following the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the artists personal lives - family, love, sex, music and their love for the natural beauty of the island. Donnelly creates a portrait of modern Cuba that vibrates with the struggles, warmth and charm of a country at a time of fundamental transformation. (C) Quad Cinemas

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A meandering, if pleasant, excursion.

Jan 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Short and sweet and limited ...

Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Alumbrones's creators talk up their work's restorative value, but never go into great detail about the world beyond their canvases.

Sep 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Reducing the production of this work to political artifacts of each piece of art as a means of gaining a deeper self-understanding is a smart approach to exploring a contemporary subject we know little about.

Mar 12, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Much of this is in the "who knew" mode, and it's lovely to get extended shots of the art. But the human angle is not skirted either.

Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

A vividly conceived journey into the creative imagination and passion of artists in Cuba. And what miracle happens when art purely as a socially subsidized and esteemed professional pursuit, is liberated with a luminescent light from money.

Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

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