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CUBA MIA: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra (2005)

Zenaida Romeu , Camerata Romeu , Cecilia Domeyko  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Zenaida Romeu, Camerata Romeu, Yadira Cobo, Yescenia Fales, Yohima Fernandez
  • Directors: Cecilia Domeyko
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arkadia DVD
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59QA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Zenaida Romeu, founder of the Camerata Romeu and one of the world's few female conductors, was born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. She created her orchestra in 1992, and it has blossomed into an accomplished group of all-female instrumentalists, playing a variety of music ranging from Mozart to traditional Cuban, all with their own distinct and youthful flavor. The musical focus of the orchestra is playing European style classical music while drawing on the Spanish, African and Latin American Indian rhythms that are popular throughout the island of Cuba.

They have played all over Cuba, both in the large cities like Havana and small country towns. They have also been privileged to receive a tremendously warm response from enthralled audiences while on tour in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Despite the everyday hardships of life in Cuba, scarcity of musical supplies and quality instruments, injuries and insecurities, this group of women, who are also busy housewives, mothers and students, have created an original sound that displays their tremendous musical gifts for the world to see. They have two highly acclaimed CDs, Cuba Mia and La Bella Cubana, and are currently in the studio recording their third album.

Product Description

As seen on TV, this award-winning documentary captures a musical Cuba never before seen. Telling the story of the musicians of the chamber orchestra, the Camerata Romeu (a young female first-cousin of Buena Vista Social Club), this special film, seen on PBS, features ten beautiful musicians, playing the harmonies of Cuba and demonstrating the power of music to cross the boundaries of nation, gender, and time.

By turns funny, angry, lyrical, and moving, Cuba Mia takes us into the lives of these dedicated musicians, as they juggle a fierce rehearsal schedule (they play everything from memory) with everyday life and relationships, offering a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world's screens. Theirs are young lives filled with dreams and sacrifices, victories and defeats, numbing work and moments of genius. Amazingly talented, incredibly beautiful, Cuban to the core, this DVD is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that will both astonish and delight.

The Camerata Romeu is led by Zenaida Romeu, one of the world's most gifted conductors, who was born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. They are a string orchestra that plays everything from Mozart and Classical to World music, from their native folk songs to fiery renditions of a new Cuban music that incorporates the island's popular rhythms taken from Africa, Spain, and Latin American Indians. Their perfect blend of multiple violins, cello, and bass creates a sound all their own. Whether thrilling audiences in small Cuban towns, playing to packed houses in the U.S. and Europe, or performing in their stunning Basilica in Old Havana, these outrageously gifted women play with a joy and passion that defies description.

This award-winning film, directed by Cecilia Domeyko, the creator of dozens of films capturing the Hispanic experience in the U.S. and Latin America, is an inspiration, matching stirring music with brilliant editing and memorable images, creating a celebration of talent, courageousness, imagination, and dedication. A multiple award winner, Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra captures the lives, music, and harmonies of the Cuban soul.

The Orchestra:
Zenaida Romeu: Conductor/Founder
Yadira Cobo: Violin
Yescenia Fales: Cello
Yohima Fernandez: Viola
Anolan Gonzalez: Viola
Veronica Reyes: Violia
Lianne Lastre: Percussion
Dayren Santamaria: Violin
Caridad Zaldivia: Bass

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Complete Spanish Version
Bonus Video Concert Performance
Bonus Music: 5 Additional Songs from the Camerata Romeu
Cafe L.A. Radio Interview & Performance
The Making Of Cuba Mia Featurette
About the Camerata Romeu
Director's Biography
Awards & Distinctions
Over 30 Scene Selections
Dolby Stereo Audio
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, culturally and Spiritually soothing December 30, 2007
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For those who appreciate culture and classical music and yearn for a refreshing new performance, this DVD is worth owning, watching and sharing for years to come. Unfortunately, AMAZON's description of "actors" is wrong. Celia Cruz and others cited are not in the film. This award winning documentary/film is an enjoyable expression of a group of women who live in Cuba and play deligthfully well and cohesively. The Romeu Camarata provides us with an excellent example of the art of music and specifically, Cuban classical music. With very limited resources, the performers share their passion and devotion. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUBA Con Mucho Gusto! January 4, 2006
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This is a spectacular look at the resiliance, creativity and talent of the Cuban people. A country rich in culture is blessed with superior musical educational opportunity..... without class, color or gender bias. The director, the artists and the conductor give a realistic portrayal of Cuban life and the music skills combine to enrich the experience. A complete treat visually. One weeps with joy at the beauty of the group and the musical interpretations. Exceptional!
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4.0 out of 5 stars will power February 5, 2010
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Incredible testament to will power. These women do play great Cuban classical music in a country where resources are hard to come by. After I saw this documentary, how passionate these women are about their music I felt like sending them sets of strings (spare) for their violins, cellos and bass. The have so little and do so much with what they have. Good art will always survive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cuban string orchestra May 29, 2011
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An interesting DVD about an orchestra. I was a little disappointed that this DVD is a bit in the past now. I heard the orchestra on Cubavista satellite TV in 2011 when they were stunning and there were more orchestra members. I should have preferred more orchestral playing and less biographies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating March 29, 2006
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There is about seven minutes of music, the rest is devoted to the lives and doings of ten music ladies and their families. I spent over one hour waiting for a concert that never happened.
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