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GPJFF | The Mamboniks

Film Connects in Partnership with Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7 pm
At the Museum

Visit details and tickets.
General Admission: $15 | Seniors: $13 | *Students: $6

After the film, all ticket and pass holders are invited to a happy hour reception at Cuba Libre with complimentary appetizers and drink specials.

Philadelphia Premiere

During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish and Puerto Rican dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo, a hot new dance craze from Havana. Out in the club, busting a move to sensuous Latin rhythms and infectious mambo beats, they called themselves the mamboniks. Directed by Peabody Award winner Lex Gillespie, THE MAMBONIKS tells the surprising and little-known story of two cultures, Jewish and Latin, meeting on the dance floor at a time when America was still racially segregated and anti-Semitism was commonplace. By weaving together archival footage of the mambo’s 1950s origins with scenes from a much-anticipated mamboniks reunion in Florida, this upbeat and heartwarming documentary pays tribute to a retired group of Jewish mambo fanatics as they relive and regale the story of how they found a place of acceptance and excitement within a fiery dance.

Director: Lex Gillespie
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Language: English

*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Event type:Films & Filmmakers