Documentary Shorts

Quest for Cuba: Questlove Brings the Funk to Havana

Description

Visiting Havana on a goodwill mission aimed to win the hearts and feet of the Cuban people, Questlove (band leader of The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), provides two nights of music to a packed house of young Cubans who came to hear him DJ at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano in April, 2015 - just a few days after President Barack Obama and Raul Castro sat down for their historic meeting at The Summit of the Americas in Panama. In the process, Questlove establishes himself as a (unofficial) US Ambassador of Music and Culture to Cuba.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jauretsi & Daniel Petruzzi

Cast:
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


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Looking at the Stars

Description

Looking at the Stars tells the story of inspiring young women chasing their dream: in a world built on sight and sound, they are part of the only ballet school for blind, located in São Paulo, Brazil. This documentary focuses on Geyza, one of the instructors and the star of the academy. She lost her sight at the age of nine, and learning ballet changed her life forever. We follow her life and struggles in a city that wasn't built for the blind. It is a film about the beauty of dance and, above all, about the beauty of perseverance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Alexandre Peralta

Cast:
Geyza Pereira
Fernanda Bianchini
Cesar Albuquerque


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By Jamal Joseph - A Life Transformed by the Arts

Description

A short portrait of the filmmaker, professor, activist, youth advocate, and Oscar Nominee, Jamal Joseph. Formerly a young leader in the 70’s Black Panther Party, Jamal changed his life through and with the arts and is now a well respected writer/director based in his beloved Harlem.


Cast & Crew

Director: Mike De Caro

Cast:
Jamal Joseph


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