In this movie based on a true story, Arturo Sandoval is a phenomenal trumpet player, but he faces a major obstacle in pursuing his art: Jazz is illegal in his homeland, Cuba, where only state-sanctioned music can be played. Yearning to escape the repression and censorship of the Castro regime, Sandoval knows the only way he will be able to fulfill his passion will be to flee to the United States. However, he has fallen in love with Marianela, a dedicated communist.
She was his love. Music was his passion. Freedom was his dream.
Did You Know?
and Dizzy Gillespie
did in fact perform together as depicted in the film and it was Gillespie who helped Sandoval and his family defect and the adjustment to being in the United States soon after. See more