Documentary Film: Dominique Roland’s “Havana Formell”


Prensa Latina reports that viewers were filled with loads of emotions during the screening of the documentary film Havana Formell by French filmmaker Dominique Roland.

The documentary summarizes what Havana meant for the life and therefore the musical work of Juan Formell, founder of the orchestra Los Van Van, who died in 2014.

Roland proposes a journey of about an hour across some of the places that were inspiration for this great musician: the Malecon, the Trillo Park, Cayo Hueso community, in which he was born, among others.

The catchy music of Los Van Van, which targets dancers, to whom Formell always gave much importance, and the choreography by professor Santiago Alfonso, National Dance Award, are among the main appeals of this documentary, particularly enjoyed by Cubans. Deputy Minister of Culture of Cuba Abel Acosta said that it is a high quality documentary that grasps the greatness of Los Van Van.

The film, a coproduction of the Study Centre Enghien-les-Bains and Unicornio from Producciones Abdala, Cuba, will be screened in Cuba with a large program including the participation of the whole production team.

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