festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba


Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi has spent much of his young, globetrotting career exploring the intersection between culture and music. His first thrilling documentary "HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana," which took him ten years to make, captured the first inklings of the musical movement AfroBeats, which has since exploded. His newest film follows that musical thread all the way to Cuba.

In this exhilarating musical documentary, DJ Jigüe returns to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds emerging there. He quickly discovers that local musicians have found inspiration in Afrobeats and forged from it a new genre they call Bakosó.

Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film explores the ways in which technology, culture and landscape have shaped this African-Caribbean fusion. The film joyously demonstrates that the cultural exchange between Cuba and Africa is as alive and vibrant as ever.

This screening is sponsored by FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.

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Director Bio

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, is graduate of UC Berkeley and received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is an award-winning filmmaker and his work has aired on Free Speech TV, the Teaching Channel, PBS and Vibe magazine.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
  • Producer(s)
    Los Hermanos Fantauzzi
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Ayme Sosa Pompa
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Toussaint Avila Alvarez, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
  • Cast
    Isnay Rodriguez, Ozkaro Delga2, Maykel El Padrino, El Inka, Kiki Pro

Film Info

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  • Original Title
    Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba
  • Country
    United States
  • Run-Time
    51 min
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