UK & Ireland Premiere: Havana Divas 古巴花旦 (Director's Cut) (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m

UK & Ireland Premiere

Available between April 20 - May 23.

Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.

Synopsis

Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong learned the art of Cantonese opera in Havana during WWII and toured Cuba to perform. In the eighties, the two sisters are trying to perform Cantonese opera in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Will they find a stage?

Havana Divas makes an important contribution to a growing body of films documenting female artists and performers within the Chinese diaspora by bringing Cuba into view as an important multicultural crucible for these amazing women’s creative commitment to Cantonese opera.

Festivals & Awards

  • China Women’s Film Festival 2018
  • CAAMFest36 Shoutouts 2018
  • 22nd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Documentary Features Series 2018
  • Shanghai Film Festival 2018
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival 2018
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2018
  • Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival 2019
  • 30ᵗʰ Macau Arts Festival 2019
  • Fringe Film Festival 2019
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019

Curator’s Dialectic

“Hong Kong is a place to start one’s journey to re-discover not just the tradition of Cantonese Chinese culture, but how such culture has been interacting with the world via the Pearl of Orient.”


About Louisa Wei

Dr. S. Louisa Wei is an Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, a documentary filmmaker, and a member of the Hong Kong Director’s Guild. She writes extensively on Chinese female directors and women’s cinema, having published many articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and two books on the topic. Her two feature documentaries, Golden Gate Girls (2014) and Havana Divas (2018), respectively focusing on how Chinese language films and Cantonese operas traveled in North and Latin America from the 1920s to the 1960s. Both films have received positive reviews and reportage from major media like The Hollywood Reporter and BBC. In writing China’s intellectual history, Wei has also published two books and made one feature (Storm under the Sun, 2009, co-director Xiaolian Peng) and two TV documentaries for Radio Television Hong Kong.

Director

S. Louisa Wei

Writer

S. Louisa Wei

Producer

Kar Law

Executive Producer

Wilfried B. Lu

Co-Producer

Helen Hoi Shan Wong

Cinematography

Eugene Cheung

Cinematography

Evangelo Costadimas

Cinematography

Green Zhou Gelin

Cinematography

Yunyi Joyce Huang

Cinematography

Paul Chan Hing Lam

Cinematography

Yuen Ting Li

Cinematography

Melanie Wong Yee Mei

Cinematography

Jeff Hu Shengfeng

Cinematography

S. Louisa Wei

Cinematography

Rian Liao Wenhui

Editor

Eugene Cheung

Editor

S. Louisa Wei

Languages

Spanish, English, Cantonese, English Subitltes

Countries

Hong Kong SAR, China

Studio

Blue Queen Cultural Communication

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