"Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War" Northeast Premiere

Film & After Party 7:00pm Saturday

As revolutions and revolutionaries arise around the world, Cuban voices join the chorus.

An extraordinary rap duo is sweeping the Cuban underground with their urgent lyrics about the dire economic and political state of their beloved country. El B and El Aldeano comprise the enigmatic Los Aldeanos. The duo is heralded as the voice of the lost generation. Banned from performing in all official concert halls or venues, their music is distributed solely by hand, in total secrecy for fear government persecution. They perform in make-shift venues and promote the concerts only hours before they actually perform, still managing to gather crowds in the thousands.


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Risking his freedom and his life, director Jesse Acevedo, with guerrilla methods and hidden cameras, takes the viewer inside the new revolution brewing within Cuba.

Ever fearful of reprisal, the identities of the crew are kept secret. Those who do speak out are at great risk of imprisonment. Will Los Aldeanos be the lost voice of a lost generation, or are they the sound of the future, readying an entire country for change and a new Cuba?

Viva Cuba Libre!

BYOD Interview With Director: Jesse Acevedo

In a small town outside of Havana, the young Cruz brothers are beaten and sentenced to prison for five years for listening to Cuban underground rappers: Los Aldeanos. VIVA CUBA LIBRE follows the intermingled stories of the Cruz brothers and the music that they love. From the streets of Havana comes the sound of struggle and the voice of a new revolution made thrillingly real by the hidden cameras that bring viewers inside the Cuban revolution.

In this interview, Jesse Acevedo talks about the process of making the movie, at risk of imprisonment to himself and his crew in this BY0D.

Jesse Acevedo is a film director born in Mexico and based in Los Angeles. He has worked on feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercials. Jesse Acevedo previously produced, wrote, and directed the feature documentary, TUDO AZLIL which won the John Schlesinger Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. VIVA CUBA LIBRE premiered at the Miami International Film Festival and just recently played at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

06.28.14 - 7:00 pm
3 hours
Gateway Community College