The Studio@620 welcomes WUSF as they present a screening of "Rumberas y Vedettes" on Saturday August 24 at 6:30 PM.
The film tells the story of the women, mainly from Havana, who dance their way to stardom in cabaret and Mexican cinema during the 1940's-50's and how they influenced popular culture. Rumberas (film) or vedettes (theater/cabaret) performed Afro-Caribbean style dances with big bands and they were essential to immortalizing the rumba and mambo with their complicated footsteps and free body movements.
One such performer was Rosita Fornes (born Feb, 11, 1923). Fornes was a singer, film star and entertainer, (her stage repertoire has included numerous full-length operettas and opera arias) is received in Mexico as ‘La Primera Vedette de America". In her twenties, already famous in Cuba, she traveled to Mexico where she became an overnight and lasting sensation. Rosita Fornes' name is associated throughout the Americas and Europe with other great Latin names of the period: Jorge Negrete, Emilio Tuero, Libertad Lamarque, Antonio Aguilar, Maria Victoria, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas). From wikipedia
The film is written and produced by Jennifer Molina with co-producers Lisa Lipkind, Sarah Pusateri, Ibetti Perez, and Susanna Taddei.
Made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.