BOXERS and BALLERINAS - La Habana at Cine 23 y 12
Posted: 30 November 2004 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Aplausos!  Just saw the write-up that Nuevo Herald did!  Most excellent! 

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/elnuevo/entertainment/music/9861915.htm

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Posted: 30 November 2004 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Here is the english translation

Bailarinas y boxedores: relatos de dos orillas
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Especial/El Nuevo Herald
Posted on Fri, Oct. 08, 2004

Long and complex history of the relations between Havana and the Florida data of more than four centuries. But one of the most painful chapters of this saga between the two borders has been place in the last 50 years old. Boxers and Ballerinas is new a documentary one that talks about, like so many others, to a little while of this specific period, only that their producers have tried to contribute an unpublished perspective to the socio-political hank that serves as bottom drop curtain these relations.

The film follows the passages two boxers and two dancers—in Havana and others in Miami—whose common place is their youth and its hopes. Mike Cahill, of 24 years; Brit Marling, of 21, and Nick Schumaker, of 25—the people in charge of the documentary one—emphasizes with effectiveness, intelligence and without commitments, the triumphs, faints and battles whom they have to free these four young people in his respective realities, united by his cultural inheritance and divided by 90 miles of water and more than 40 years of political conflicts.

’ ’ He would be irresponsible to ignore the history of the relations between Cuba and Florida, but he would be equally irresponsible to portray that history like which he is present of permanent way in the mind of all youth in North America’, Cahill explains, that with its equipment lived by more than half year in Cuba to obtain more than 400 hours of filmic material.

According to the director, history is a complex animal for a young person, and if reflected of clear and concise way the risk is not run of which it is not understood or that it does not interest. ’ For much people of our age, history is something chaotic, noisy, confused and outside perspective. And, in the specific case of the relations between Cuba and the United States, they exist too many narrators generally and, or are in war, or they have too much rage. With this documentary one we wanted to give a voice to those young people whose histories have been extinguished by ` histories of historians, by the conflicts and violence’. It is why Brit Marling assures that this one is not films on Cuban for Cuban, but a experience that approaches subjects of extreme universality.

`` Tratamos to explore powerful concepts of life that each human being has in common: family, violence, patriotism, success, money, love, terrorism, freedom and, mainly, the power and vulnerability of the dreams. Those things to which we dedicated a life to try to understand them, to evaluate them or to define them, especially when he is young’‘.

The narrative style of Boxers and Ballerinas is very different from the typical documentary one. The rate of the edition is extremely dynamic and the photography plays with angles that are compatible to the youth of any site of the world, exposed to the games of video, very to the Real World, of MTV. ’ ’ Imagine a camera hides and follows the personages for months and months, filming everything what they do; a camera that does not interact with them because it is to the other side of the street, in a car, a balcony, behind a window, that records the sound through a remote control cable that the personages put themselves in the mornings and that everything registers: their conversations, interactions, discharges and losses, relationships’‘, explains Cahill.

Described as ’ ‘The film on young people done by young people’‘, the producers present/display a space in the life of Yordenis Ugas, a Havanan boxer of 17 years, and Annia Ismarlin, a classic dancer of 19. The point of view, in the case of those of the island, emphasizes that the talent is the key to stay immune to the battles that free others in Cuba by the subsistence. The appraised dream more: to travel, something that the producers learned that it was a luxury for any Cuban. ’ ’ the Cubans Are very few that can leave the island so that the athletes and the artists are people who do not have to mount in a raft, they have the opportunity to leave and to return to his place’‘, explains Cahill.

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Posted: 30 November 2004 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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In Miami the producers followed the passages of Sergio Garcia, a boxer full of dreams, and Paula Roque, a dancer who follows the passages of her mother, ex- the first dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, Suárez Rosary. Both are 21 years old and their daily battles do not defer too much from the one of their compatriots of the island, safe by specific esencialidades of each context. `` The one that we did was to dissect and to put in the four lives, dividing in pieces history, and pieces and pieces the conflict between Cuba and United States. Underneath the noise, of the policy, which we counted is a simple history, real and powerful of which it means to be young. And of how these young people find the true freedom in boxing and ballet’‘.

Filmed in digital system with a budget smaller to $100.000, Boxers and Ballerinas finishes being represented by Andrew Hurwitz (the same one that has placed in the billboards titles like The Anniversary Party, Roger Dodger, for Bowling Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 and already begins to circulate around the filmic circuit in search of distribution.

`` we have been invited to many good small festivals, but our goal is to release in Havana in December, to go to Sundance in January and Miami in February. In the end our hope is that the greater number of people can see films and to be inspired by this message’.

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wowowowowowowowowow!  I am just so impressed that something this contraversial can be shown in Cuba…to me, that says a lot about the country movement in the right direction…thank you so much for letting me know about it Mike.

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ZunZun

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Posted: 01 December 2004 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The film is just entering the world for the first time this December in Havana.  Our goal is to have as many people see it as possible.  We’ve applied to festivals all over the world and will be touring with it all through the next year.  So far, in small private screenings to friends and press, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response.  The film is like a painting, very visual, very poetic, dealing with issues of terrorism and freedom and youth.  We, being more artist filmmakers then journalist filmmakers, wanted to a make a different kind of documentary, one saturated with colors and tone and emotions, vibrant and haunting, beautiful and rhythmic, the story of four young Cubans caught in the middle of a 4 decade battle.

We’re dying to bring it to the world…

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Posted: 10 July 2007 07:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I know this is an old post but do you have any more information to offer?

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