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Directed by Catherine Murphy
Cuba 1961: 250,000 volunteer teachers join the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write, and their lives would never be the same.
Directed by Jorge Perugorría
Cucu Diamantes, a flamboyant singer who defines herself as too Cuban to live in New York and too much of a New Yorker to live in Havana, returns to the island to give what is the first tour in 50 years by a Cuban musician living abroad. Live concert footage is intertwined with a fictional love story in which Cucu is thrown into the arms of a dwarf called Guarapo. A surreal and comic romance directed by acclaimed Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría, Amor Crónico is at once a tribute and an ode to Cuba. Packed with music, flavor, color and laughter, this is a film perfect for watching Under the Stars
LA PISCINA (THE SWIMMING POOL)
Directed by Carlos Machado Quintela
A phlegmatic swimming instructor, a teenage girl who is missing a leg, a boy with Down’s Syndrome, another one with defective legs and one with no apparent physical disability but who refuses to speak, spend a day at the swimming pool. The five outcasts inevitably struggle, clash, separate – and in the end reunite thanks to their imperfections.
ESTHER EN ALGUNA PARTE (ESTHER SOMEWHERE)
Directed by Gerardo Chijona
Lino Catala, a serious and reliable elderly man, is approached by Larry Po, a weird elder, who tells him that his late wife, Maruja, had led a double life. From that moment on, the two old men join in a thorough search of Maruja’s past, while they try to find the whereabouts of Esther, Larry’s great love in life.