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Film: The Mamboniks

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo, a hot dance from Havana, Cuba. Their love for Latin rhythms earned them a nickname: the mamboniks.

DC-based filmmaker Lex Gillespie tracks their joyous story from the Jewish resorts of the Catskills to Manhattan’s famed Palladium Ballroom, Florida’s Gold Coast Ballroom and of course Havana. Featuring the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Mongo Santamaría, Gillespie explores how Jewish people, Latinos, and African-Americans met on the dance floor at a time when America was racially segregated, and anti-Semitism was commonplace.

Director Lex Gillespie in conversation after select screenings: Sunday, February 16, 3:00 PM and Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 PM.

Friday, February 14: 1:00 PM Matinee

Saturday, February 15: 6:00 PM; 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 16: 1:00 PM Matinee; 3:00 PM Q&A; 5:00 PM

Tuesday, February 18: 7:00 PM Q&A

Cost: $9 - $13

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For questions or to request accommodations contact:

Corinne Williams
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Location

Cafritz Hall
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Film: The Mamboniks
Cafritz Hall
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036