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As seen on TV, this award-winning documentary, Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra, captures a musical Cuba never before seen. Telling the story of the musicians of the chamber orchestra, the Camerata Romeu (a young female first-cousin of Buena Vista Social Club), this special film, seen on PBS, features ten beautiful musicians, playing the harmonies of Cuba and demonstrating the power of music to cross the boundaries of nation, gender, and time.
By turns funny, angry, lyrical, and moving, Cuba Mia takes us into the lives of these dedicated musicians, as they juggle a fierce rehearsal schedule (they play everything from memory) with everyday life and relationships, offering a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world’s screens. Theirs are young lives filled with dreams and sacrifices, victories and defeats, numbing work and moments of genius. Amazingly talented, incredibly beautiful, Cuban to the core, this DVD is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that will both astonish and delight.
The Camerata Romeu is led by Zenaida Romeu, one of the world’s most gifted conductors, who was born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. They are an all string orchestra that plays everything from Mozart and Classical to World music, from their native folk songs to fiery renditions of a new Cuban music that incorporates the island’s popular rhythms taken from Africa, Spain, and Latin American Indians. Their perfect blend of multiple violins, cello, and bass creates a sound all their own. Whether thrilling audiences in small Cuban towns, playing to packed houses in the U.S. and Europe, or performing in their stunning Basilica in Old Havana, these outrageously gifted women play with a joy and passion that defies description.
This award-winning film, directed by Cecilia Domeyko, the creator of dozens of films capturing the Hispanic experience in the U.S. and Latin America, is an inspiration, matching stirring music with brilliant editing and memorable images, creating a celebration of talent, courageousness, imagination, and dedication. A multiple award winner, Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra captures the lives, music, and harmonies of the Cuban soul.
DVD Bonus Features:
● Complete Spanish Version
● Bonus Music: 5 Additional Songs from the Camerata Romeu
● Café L.A. Radio Interview & Performance
● The “Making Of” Cuba Mia Featurette
● About the Camerata Romeu
● Bonus Concert Performance
● Director’s Biography
● Awards & Distinctions
● Over 30 Scene Selections
● Dolby Stereo Audio
● Multi-Directional Interactive Menus
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