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VIFF: Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

VIFF: Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world.

For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from

September 26 – October 11, 2019.

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Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Eliades Ochoa: de Cuba y para el mundo

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Anyone familiar with Cuban music knows the Buena Vista Social Club changed the musical world. But they might know less about one of the driving forces behind the group. Described as “the Cuban Johnny Cash,” Eliades Ochoa is one of the nation’s greatest living musicians. Born into a family of farmers in the countryside near Santiago, Ochoa grew up playing guitar and singing traditional songs with his parents and siblings. Since those early days, his singular talent has led him to the world’s greatest stages where he has performed with artists from Silvio Rodríguez to Bob Dylan.

Cynthia Biestek’s engaging documentary is a thorough record of Ochoa’s life and career. Before Buena Vista Social Club, Ochoa played the nightclubs of Santiago and rubbed shoulders with some of the city’s greats. In 1978 he helped resurrect El Cuarteto Patria, a trova group into which he incorporated elements of son music. Shortly after, he met Francisco Repilado (Compay Segundo) and the rest is history. Black and white archival footage steeps Biestek’s film in warm nostalgia, while interviews with Cuban legends and celebrity fans flesh out this portrait of a true musical treasure.

Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through the VIFF site.

Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 6pm.
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