Buena Vista Social Club U

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This film was last shown on 5 July 2022

Buena Vista Social Club is a music documentary directed by Wim Wenders who follows musicians Ry Cooder as he assembles a band featuring veteran Cuban Artists.

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together. Although they are geographically close, travel between Cuba and the United States is restricted due to the political tension between the two countries, so many of the artists were travelling there for the first time. The film shows their reactions to this experience, as well as including footage of the sell-out concert. The union sparks new passion amongst the musicians and as a result they create extraordinary performances that revive their careers.


Wim Wenders
1 hour 45 minutes
Manuel 'puntillita' Licea, Orlando 'cachaito' Lopez, Pio Leyva


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