Tribeca Film Festival: 90 Miles
Fri May 2 2008
I’m sure you shook your bonbon at some point to one of Gloria Estefan’s dance-inducing beats (you know you bought the “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” single, don’t lie!). But have your kids been introduced to her songs yet? If not, this documentary about the making of her latest album, 90 Millas, is the perfect introduction.
Mrs. Estefan and Latin music pioneers like Chocolate Armenteros, Jose Feliciano and Carlos Santana reminisce about the early days of the genre's music with tales that will make you wish you had inhabited Cuba to jam with the masters themselves. While their stories and mini-biographies give you a sneak-peak into the artists' lives, it’s the music featured throughout the documentary that makes you feel most connected to their stories.
The film includes both English and Spanish subtitles, making it easily accessible to both language speakers, but unfortunately very inaccessible to younger audiences. However, the tween set will be entertained (and certainly educated) by the flick, especially the cameo that Estefan’s musically inclined daughter, Emily, makes on the drums, which will cause you to wonder how so much talent could be packed into someone so small.
Overall, the doc is worth a viewing, if for no other reason than to show your clan why music really is the universal language—and a beautiful one at that.
View Time Out New York's complete guide to the Tribeca Film Festival.