East of Havana Synopsis
Three Cuban rap stars reflect on their lives and music while attempting to launch a hip-hop fest.
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Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
The rap music we hear, which is produced outside Cuba's state-run music industry, is politically audacious and charged with personal...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The film, made by two Cuban-American exiles (and produced by their friend, Charlize Theron), makes an ironic point about Cuba: This is a...
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70

Los Angeles Times

East of Havana is a rare glimpse of everyday life in Cuba, where big questions and obstacles confront the rappers at seemingly every turn....
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70

Village Voice

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A vital look at Cuba's tenaciously grassroots hip-hop scene.
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70

The New York Times

So much of American pop thrives on a bratty facsimile of courage that when you see the real deal, it's a revelation. East of Havana is the...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
East of Havana picks at these politico-philosophical threads rather than pulling them, and the sense of a larger movement is fleeting....
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60

Variety

By Robert Koehler
The temptations of allowing a promotional video to seep inside a genuine non-fiction study nearly overtake East of Havana and its look at a...
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