In one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990s, Wim Wenders captures a forgotten generation of Cuba's brightest musical talents as they collaborate with Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club.
Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles.
Director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage. Screening as part of Kino Dreams – the Wim Wenders retrospective.