Available between April 20 - May 23.
Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.
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.
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“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.”
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.
Spanish, English, Cantonese, English Subitltes
Hong Kong SAR, China
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