Cuban Legends Double Bill – Eliades Ochoa and Silvio Rodríguez

Saturday 14 November 2020

Time: 7.30 – 10.15pm

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

7.30 – 9.10pm

Cynthia Biestek, Ruben Gomez / 2019 / UK / Documentary, Biography, Music /1h40min 

Tracing the life and career of acclaimed guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa, who rose to worldwide fame in the late ’90s as an original member of the legendary international Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club. Over the decades, he has played with several folk groups and dedicated his life to celebrating and preserving the traditional folk roots of Cuban music. Through rare photographs, archival footage, and interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians, Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World paints an intimate portrait of this legendary Cuban musician and explores the larger arc of traditional Cuban Son music.

Silvio Rodríguez: Mi Primera Tarea / My First Calling

9.10 – 9.35pm

Catherine Murphy / 2020 / US/Cuba /Doc / 25 mins

The unknown story of trovador (poet-musician) Silvio Rodriguez, speaking in first person about the life-defining experience he had at 14-years-old when he signed up to join the youth brigades of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and taught a rural campesino family how to read and write.

This film is available to watch from 10-15 November. To view the film during this time:
1/ Buy a Festival Pass here:
2/ Go to the film page here: (Eliades Ochoa)

and here: (Silvio Rodriguez)

The films will be followed at 9.35pm by a Q&A live on our Facebook page with the directors of both films – Catherine Murphy and Cynthia Biestek

For more background on these amazing musicians, check out our articles on Silvio Rodriguez here and Eliades Ochoa here

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