Sons of Cuba
A film directed by Andrew Lang.
Wednesday, January 13, 20107:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA 90095
SONS OF CUBA is set in the legendary Havana Boxing Academy, and this is no ordinary institution: This is a boarding school that hand picks 9-year-old boys, and turns them into the best boxers in the world. The results have been stunning: Cuba has dominated Olympic boxing for the past quarter of a century.
The boys duties extend far beyond the ring: They are groomed not only as world-class fighters, but also to be international symbols for their country, dubbed by Castro: "the standard bearers of the Revolution".
SONS OF CUBA follows the stories of three young hopefuls through 8 dramatic months of training and schooling as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives: Cuba's National Boxing Championship for Under-12's. During the season, crisis strikes: Fidel Castro, the boys leader and inspiration, is taken ill, and all of Cuba's Olympic boxing champions defect to the USA, leaving the boys contemplating a future which is altogether different from the one they have
been taught to believe in.
This film won multiple awards, including Best Documentary at Los Angeles Latin American Film Festival 2009 and Best Documentary at Rome Film Festival 2009. For more information about the film, please visit the film's website
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Parking available in lot #3 for $10.
Cost : Free and open to the public
Download file: SonsofCubaFlyer.pdf
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, LAI Working Group on Caribbean Studies