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This Is What It Is

Los Aldeanos and Silvito el Libre are Cuban hip-hop artists. The whole island listens to their music which can be bought only under the counter at the local greengrocer’s.

This Is What It Is

Documentary Film
Cuba,
France
2015
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Léa Rinaldi, Stéphane Plat
AL2 El Aldeano, Silvito El Libre, Julien Tekeyan
Coralie von Rietschoten
Los Aldeanos and Silvito el Libre are Cuban hip-hop artists. The whole island listens to their music which can be bought only under the counter at the local greengrocer’s. They are rebels in the land of eternal revolution. The three are allowed to leave the country only after Cuba begins to open up. On the trip they are surprised by their worldwide fame and also by the fact that here, too, everything is determined by others. All that keeps them together is the music they share and their love for Cuba.

Kim Busch