A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined.
A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba. Along the way, they discover a deep cultural connection that transcends language, politics, color and creed. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous beats and rhythms that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Dark, shared histories of slavery reveal an indelible cultural connection rooted in the hearts and minds of ancestors past. Encounters with some of Cuba's most iconic musicians give rise to both spontaneous and soulful collaborations. Living rooms, back alleys and cobbled stone streets soon bear witness to the connective power of music. Geopolitical divisions melt even further as the band encounters the struggles and hardships of their own city reflected in the streets of Cuba. It is as if they are one place and one people, born to combat despair, oppression, and poverty with ingenuity, humor...Written by
2017 NLF Productions
An Amazing Film About the Universal Language Known as Music
This is a beautiful film about the power of music and the shared humanity that exists between every citizen of the world. The story of the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band travel from New Orleans to Cuba, (which share a lot of musical and cultural history I learned), to travel across the island meeting Cuban musicians, performing concerts, and experiencing life-changing moments with those they encounter and the places they travel.
Staying away from a trite sermon on the social issues between the two countries or in Cuba itself; the filmmakers instead focus on the bonds that tie all us as people together, and show us some truly amazing music and real life moments along the way. One scene that stands out in particular (without giving anything away) is when an African-American musician has an amazing experience jamming and learning history with an African-Cuban musician, though the two don't speak the same language.
No matter what your feelings are on Jazz, Cuba, or music documentaries, this film will have an impact on you, and make you leave the theater feeling that anything is possible.
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