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Los Hermanos/The Brothers 2020


Distributed by Good Docs
Produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneaider
Directed by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneaider
Streaming, 84 mins

Middle School - General Adult
Biography; Caribbean culture; Classical music; Documentary; Jazz

Date Entered: 06/09/2021

Reviewed by Alessandra Otero-Ramos, Arts and Humanities Librarian, SUNY Geneseo

In the context of a geopolitical chasm the film presents the lives of afro-Cuban-born brothers, Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán. Ilmar, the violinist, lives in the United States and Aldo, the pianist, lives in Cuba. This geographical reality presents several obstacles for the brothers to play together in the United States.

Through the lives of each of the brothers the documentary compares the conditions of living as a musician in Cuba with those of the musician living in the United States. For example, the economic embargo against Cuba prevents Aldo from shipping his instruments to be fixed in the United States.

Throughout the film the viewer will also learn about the Caribbean culture and the Spanish speaking community of Cuba.

This documentary is a good resource for Latin American studies, Caribbean studies, and courses about Ethnomusicology. Los Hermanos makes a great addition to special library collections such as Latino, Caribbean or Hispanic Studies collections.

Best Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival; Best Music Documentary Nominee, International Documentary Association; Best Doc Editing Award, Ashland Independent Film Festival

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