La Tropical

Film

Time Out says

David Turnely, a Pulitzer prize winning photo journalist, explores Cuba's eternal love of dancing (a seemingly joyous, upbeat subject), but his dark brooding camerawork uses the dancefloor to explore the island's complex racial politics. Ostensibly, this is about the Salon Rosado at La Tropical, a mammoth salsa and timba dancehall on the outskirts of Havana, hidden from most tourists, and hears from the primarily black musicians, dancers, punters and staff. The film uncovers an often unspoken racial divide - pro-Castro blacks defend the Revolution and frustrated blancos want to leave the island - but the generalisations are, regrettably, as stark as the film's artful, monochome photography.

Details

Release details

Duration:
93 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
David Turnley
Screenwriter:
David Turnley