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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Latin American Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Latin American countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 23 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 23-Disc Set. Click for more

Cuba on Fire: Mythologies and Origins of Carnival

Cuba on Fire: Mythologies and Origins of Carnival

Santiago is Cuba's second largest city, after Havana, and it is the country's most exotic, filled with various ethnic groups from Europe, African and Asia. With such a mixture of cultures it is no wonder the Carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the largest and most spectacular of all the island's carnivals; it is an explosion of color, music and dance. What is beneath the surface of this event that is filled with profound and spiritual meaning? And what compels and inspires people to be a part of it? To answer these questions this documentary, narrated by Diedre Green and Eric Bauersfeld, allows viewers to experience carnival, to view the costumes, to feel the contagious drum rhythms, to view the dances, such as the Conga, Rumba, and Salsa (a.k.a. Son); while also exploring ancient legends, long forgotten secrets, and fascinating mythologies. Here we honor the legendary Mother Goddess, we discover that dance and music become a prayer, sensual yes, but filled with spiritual meaning; also we see in its final day the festival honors the Cuban National Holiday, which occurs on July 26. Produced by Uwe Blesching.
Note: Viewers are advised that this version of the program includes dance scenes with brief partial nudity. 2010 CA 30 min. An edited version, Cuba on Fire: Mythologies and Origins of Carnival - Level 1, is available.
Also See: Carnival: The Power of Mas; Cuba: Viva La Revolucion?; Cuba and Human Rights; Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador Perspectives; Cuba

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