Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater to Present World Commercial Debut of Cubamerican June 14
MDC's Tower Theater Presents Cubamerican
Miami, June 7, 2013 -
The experience of the Cuban exile community has long been documented as a source of both nostalgia and triumph. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Tower Theater will serve host to the worldwide commercial debut of Cubamerican, a documentary that explores tragedy, loss, freedom, assimilation, struggle, and success through the stories of Cuban exiles who have captured the American Dream. Written and produced by first-time filmmaker José Enrique Pardo, Cubamerican is the story of how the Cuban Revolution shattered the Cuban family. The film screening will take place at 6:40 p.m., Friday, June 14.
Starring MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón, actor/director Andy García, actor Steven Bauer, journalist Mirta Ojito, and author Carlos Eire, among others, the film spans 60 years and follows the lives of Cuban-Americans who live in the U.S. after having fled Fidel Castro’s communist regime. It documents the history of the revolution and Castro’s rise to power, along with a timeline of Cuba from 1952 to present day.
The interviews offer details into their lives, from life in Cuba as youth, to examining why they left, and what has become of them since their exile.
Producer/writer/director Pardo, who left Cuba when he was 7 years old, was inspired to make the documentary after his father’s death. “I experienced a profound feeling of gratitude to him for getting me out of communist Cuba and bringing me to the United States, where I had the freedom to express myself and choose my own path in life,” he said. “I imagined a kinship with all other Cuban-Americans of my generation who had grown up in the USA. I set out to investigate their journeys and integrate them with mine.”
The documentary had its east-coast premiere at MDC’s 30th Miami International Film Festival last March. It highlights how these personalities have triumphed in the U.S. in such diverse fields like the arts, science, academia, and sports. A mosaic of a bittersweet exile experience, Cubamerican demonstrates the Cuban-Americans’ triumph over tragedy and ends with a meditation on the future of Cuba.
José Enrique Pardo will be present at the screening. A Q&A will take place following the film.
MDC’s Tower Theater to Present Cubamerican
Friday, Jun. 14, 6:40 PM
- WHERE: MDC’s Tower Theater
1508 SW 8 Street
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Tower Theater prices: $10 General Admission; students, seniors, and MDC staff $8; MDC students, Tower Theater and Miami Film Society Members, $6; Online reservations are available by visiting www.towertheatermiami.com. Free parking is offered behind the theater.
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