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East of Havana -- East of Havana is a blunt, unflinching close-up on the lives of three young rappers compelled to address their generation's future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. Soandry, Magyori, and Mikki are the defacto leaders of Cuba's rebellious underground hip hop movement. Possessing the undeniable talent and charisma of pop icons, these fearless performers push self-expression to its sharpest, riskiest, and most triumphant point.


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Emilia Menocal (co-director)
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria (co-director)
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Directed by
Emilia Menocal (co-director)
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Emilia Menocal 
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria 

Produced by
Clark Peterson .... producer
Meagan Riley-Grant .... producer
Juan Carlos Saizarbitoria .... producer
Charlize Theron .... producer
Original Music by
Federico Fong 
Paul Heck 
Cinematography by
Christophe Lanzenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fernando Villena 
Luis Colina (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Chato Hill .... supervising sound editor
Eric Raber .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan Carlos Saizarbitoria .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Sin-Halina Sy .... assistant editor
Other crew
Diana A. Delatorre .... researcher
Athena Currey .... special thanks

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USA:82 min
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El Cartel and The Special Period, 9 January 2007
Author: leaningt from Berkshire, UK

The Cuban hip-hop movement came out of 'The Special Period' when Cuba's communist block collapsed and the economy was hanging by a thread. Since then rapper groups, such as "El Cartel" have become cult figures within their local community. In the only way they know how, these men and women voice their generation's anger towards the country's economic blockade through American-influenced music to carry their message. Beneath these acrimonious and emboldened lyrics lies hope, love, and compassion for their fellow Cubans dreaming of a more prosperous life. This delicately crafted documentary speaks volumes as it portrays the impoverished lives of three young and gifted rap artists, with grace and glorious sensitivity.

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