July 28, 2 pm
Bank of America Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Documentary/History | USA, 2019 | 90 min | English
DIRECTOR: LEX GILLESPIE
Film Fest Finale - Mambo Matinee!
Bagels meet bongos in THE MAMBONIKS, a 90-minute documentary that tells the little-known story of the Jewish love affair with Latin music. Set in New York, Havana, Miami Beach, and the Catskill Mountains, this uplifting film features a lovable, somewhat zany collection of dancers from the 1950s. Now retired yet still dancing in Florida, they share their passion for the mambo, the hot dance from Cuba that became a world-wide sensation. With an infectious soundtrack including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mambo King Pérez Prado, this film explores a mostly unexamined - and surprising - aspect of Jewish life and culture.
Following the film, please join us in the Lobby for a Cuban Nosh and cash bar.