CFF14: Bongó Itá


The Main 3 Wed, Mar 8, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Original Title:Bongó Itá
Program:Cuban Film Festival
Release Year:2022
Runtime:70 min
Print Source:Mayckell Pedrero Mariol
Habanero Film Sales
Director:Mayckell Pedrero Mariol
Producer:Jorge Nhils Herrera
Cinematographer:Marcelo Suárez
William Baró
Screenwriter:Mayckell Pedrero Mariol
Editor:Fermín Domínguez Fernández
Composer:Reynier Socorro
Yoandri Kindelán


Features a post-screening Q&A conversation.

About Bongó Itá

Bongo Itá offers a rare close-up of the Ecoria Enyéne Idia Abakuá religious-mutualist society, founded by black slaves in 1836. Cuba is the only country where the Abakuá secret society is present. The practices of the Abakuá groups or powers, exclusively for men, only developed in Havana, Cárdenas and Matanzas, where they adapted to a hostile environment and survived to this day.

The documentary reveals the Abakuá reality through the various points of view of members of the cult, who argue about their influence on current Cuban society, while showing the generational differences in their membership. It also addresses aspects related to its origin and development on the island, as well as the participation of its members in important historical events.

About Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

The 14th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM, March 1-April 5, 2023