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We Are the Music!

A Film by Rogelio París

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“From the streets of Havana to the back stairs and dressing rooms of a concert hall, into churches and smoky clubs, over the rooftops, to a beach at sunset as a lone couple dance” (New York Times), this extraordinary and unique film treats us to a rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960s. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneous performances, We Are the Music! captures the mood and vitality of Cuba during its golden period.

What the Critics are Saying

"A major rediscovery!" -Indiewire

"An impressionistic tapestry of 'Musica Cubano'-- top acts in their prime!" -Variety

"The history of Cuban music -- from a Busby Berkeleyan ballet of African dances to a beachside promenade." -Village Voice

"Glorious footage of some of Cuba's greatest musicians . . . incredibly rare and beautiful." -Film Society of Lincoln Center

Recommended Reading

Cuban Cinema by Michael Chanan

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Short Film: Omara about Omara Portuondo from Buena Vista Social Club

Format: DVD
Release Year : 1964
Running Time: 66 minutes
Color: B/W
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles

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