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The forbidden shore

World Premiere


Country: Canada
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 95min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Reel Music

The amazing diversity of contemporary Cuban music is gorgeously explored in Ron Chapman’s third documentary feature. The Forbidden Shore follows the great success of The Poet of Havana, which featured Carlos Varela. With this ambitious new film, Chapman captures the full gamut of what’s happening now in Cuba, both the most exciting artists and the distinct musical scenes they move in, from classic son and salsa, to trova, nueva trova, reggaton, rock, jazz, metal, rap, electronic, classical, choral, pop, changu, danzón, rumba, yoruba, bolero, conga, timba, mambo and—if you can believe it—more.

But the present can only be understood within the context of the past, thus the film’s wonderful soundtrack is comprised of music new and old, of the sounds of modern iconoclasts and the immortal music of the old guard. This is a one-of-a-kind journey into the heart and soul of a sonic culture like no other, a place where music is cultivated and thrives through the enduring desire of its people to forge a sound that is all their own. – Andres Castillo

This film is also part of the Knight Documentary Achievement Award.




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Director: Ron Chapman
Producer: Ron Chapman, Darius Anderson
Screenwriter: Ron Chapman

Music: 40 Cuban Artists
Cinematographer: Mark Staunton, Edward Senkowski
Editor: Mark Staunton, Eugene Weis

Cast: Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, Baby Lores, Carlos Varela, Charanga Habanera, Chucho Valdes, Clave y Guaguanco (Amado Dedeu), Qva Libra, Danny Suarez, David Blanco, David Torrens, Descemer Bueno, DJoy de Cuba, Frank Delgado, Gerardo Alfonso, Harold Lopez-Nusa, Haydee Milanes, Hipnosis, Julio Padron, Kelvis Ochoa, Kola Loca, Los Jubilados (Pedro Gomez), Maria Victoria Rodriguez, Orquesta Anacaona, Orquesta Aragon, Pancho Amat, Paisan (Inaudis Paisan Mallet), Polito Ibanez, Raul Paz, Raul Torres, Roberto Carcassas, Roberto Fonseca, Rubalcalba, Sintesis, Telmary Diaz, Tesis de Menta, Los Van Van, William Vivanco, X Alfonso

Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman began in the music industry as a musician, manager, producer and nightclub proprietor. Since embarking on a filmmaking career he has directed the documentaries Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel (2013), The Poet of Havana (2015), and The Forbidden Shore (2016).