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El Benny

Cuba, 2006

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director: Jorge Luis Sánchez 

Part of the Afro-Cuban Showcase at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Lifelong tragedy and outstanding music merge in this story based on the life of the famous Afro-Cuban musician Benny Moré (1919-1963). The film is framed starting in the 1950s—when Moré is already well known as a master of the son montuno, guaracha, bolero, and mambo—through his time in Mexico and the Cuban Revolution. His excesses, addictions, and chaotic creative processes eventually cause him to teeter precariously between redemption and self-destruction. The man and the myth converge in a script with brief glimpses of Santería and rich with the island’s particular musical syncretism that has made Cuban rhythms a worldwide phenomenon.

2:30 pm|Museum of Anthropology (MOA) - Free with museum entrance. Free for UBC students, staff and faculty.
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Community Partners: Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Island of Music - Vancouver Cuban Music Festival