Indpendent Cuban film
Based on a True Story
I would love to travel to Cuba, but for now I can enjoy watching this Mambo Man DVD, which is based on true story.
The story is compelling and the scenery is beautiful.
And, yes, there is also fabulous Cuban music throughout.
The movie is in Spanish and has subtitles.
It isn’t rated, but the story will be of interest to older teens and adults.
Release Date 2/16/21
In 2017, after more than half a century since Castro’s revolution, Cuba opens her arms to the West and the Yankee dollar.
Born into communism, JC is a ‘big fish in a small pond’ – a local music producer and promoter, farmer and small-time hustler who lives by his wits and imagination.
To support his family and small circle of ‘business associates’ and maintain his local “Godfather” status, JC lives beyond his means, which creates strains in his marriage to Rita.
When his crops are threatened by late rains JC has to juggle the demands of organizing music concerts while also sourcing pig feed, fixing water pumps and entertaining a group of visiting British music tourists.
Along the way there is betrayal and heartbreak but behind JC’s wisecracking persona is a considerate man.
He is not greedy, but he wants to provide for friends and family.
Also, he wants to escape the precarious, hand-to-mouth existence that threatens to derail his life at any moment.
An unexpected phone call offers the chance to make a fortune and change his life forever.
This triggers a frantic search for cash and a mysterious rendezvous that leads to a nerve-racking finale.
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