In honor of Black History Month, the Hispanic Studies Department will be screening the film “Chico & Rita” on February 19 at 7pm in the Chicago Hall Screening Auditorium. Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54) and Spain’s legendary artist Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.
Set in Havana in 1948, “Chico & Rita” is the story of Chico, a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdes, “Chico & Rita” captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo and others.
Refreshments will be provided.
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