Havana Film Festival NY remembers Cuban director and educator Rigoberto Lopez with a screening of his beloved documentary YO SOY DEL SON A LA SALSA. The feature-length film, narrated by Isaac Delgado and co-written by Rigoberto López and Cuban author Leonardo Padura, is a must-see for anyone who has ever wondered about where “salsa” music comes from. There are interviews and performances by Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Oscar D’Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, El Gran Combo, Andy Montañez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, among others.
Festivals & Awards
Coral Prize. XVIII Havana Film Festival. La Habana. 1996
Audience Award. International Cinema-Fest. San Juan Puerto Rico. 1996.Award
Mostra de Cine Latinoamericano. Lérida. España. 1997
Most Popular Film. Latino Film Festival. Chicago. 1997
Special Jury Prize. Latino and Brazilian International Film Festival. Gramado. Brasil. 1997
Best Sound Track. New York Latino Film Festival. New York. 1998.
In Memoriam Rigoberto Lopez (1947-2019)
Havana film festival New York pays tribute to cuban filmmaker Rigoberto Lopez, who died this past January 23rd in La Habana leaving behind a long list of well-known documentaries and the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase, which he founded and was head of since 2006. Rigoberto was born in La Habana on July 6th of 1947, most of Rigoberto’s work were awarded among different international film award ceremonies.
Rigoberto Lopez, who also was a correspondent for the Angola war, said once that his cuban roots transcended his caribbean escence in some ways. This perhaps is shown in his feature documentary Yo soy, del son a la salsa (1996), where he goes into depth about the Caribbean; its music roots, the history, and its culture. Here he goes through a long journey from the origins of the son in Santiago de Cuba to the greatest contemporary Salsa hits around the world. This co-production between US- Cuba, made Lopez win a number of international awards and his first Grand Coral award at the Festival de la Habana.