The Mamboniks - a Hot Dance Documentary About Cuba in the '50s - Part of JxJ

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The director of the Mamboniks, Lex Gillespie, reached out to me a couple months ago through the Arthouse to tell me about this film in the DCJCC's JxJ Film and Music Festival coming up May 8-26. It sounds really fun.

During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo, a hot dance from Havana, Cuba. Their love for Latin rhythms earned them a nickname: the mamboniks.

The date we are going is May 22 at 8:30 pm. The director will be there as will Bill Newcott, film critic for The Saturday Evening Post.

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DC-based filmmaker Lex Gillespie tracks their joyous story from the Jewish resorts of the Catskills, to Manhattan’s famed Palladium Ballroom, Florida’s Gold Coast Ballroom and of course Havana. Featuring the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaría, Gillespie explores how Jewish people, Latinos and African-Americans met on the dance floor at a time when America was racially segregated, and anti-Semitism was commonplace.