When The Spirits Dance Mambo

Director: Marta Moreno-Vega
Country: Cuba
Year: 2003
Running Time: 90min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary

Filmed primarily in Cuba, this documentary is a tribute to the spiritual energy that traveled from West Africa to Cuba. It traces the role of sacred African thought and practice in the formation of the Cuban society, culture and popular music.

About the Director

Marta Moreno-Vega

Biography: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega has, for decades, helped to define Afro-Latino identity within and outside of the United States. She joins Latino USA to talk about it, equity, and cultural capital. Born in El Barrio “Spanish Harlem” to Puerto Rican parents born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Vega, an Afro Puerto Rican, has dedicated her professional life to developing culturally grounded institutions placing the history and culture of African descendants in the Diaspora in the time clock of world history. She is founder and president of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), an international not for profit organization located in New York City which she created in 1976.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
When the Spirits Dance Mambo (2017)

When the Spirits Dance Mambo (2003)