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Independent Film Series - a Cultural Exchange "Chico and Rita" (2012)
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:45pm
Film critic Roger Ebert Called "Chico and Rita" an "operatic romantic tragedy involving two Havana musicians: Chico, a piano player, and Rita, a vocalist". It is a fitting description of this animated feature, as the two musicians fall in love, and chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas and Paris. With an original sound track by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdès, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and others. The evening will conclude with a discussion facilitated by Mimi Machado-Jones, a local filmmaker in Prince George's County.