“Our Latin Thing” is one of those classic films (like “Wild Style,” “The Harder They Come,” etc.) that captures a place and time that can only be returned to in memory, and in original documents like these. Centered around an incendiary gig at one of promoter Ralph Mercado’s fantastically popular Thursday night jams at the Cheetah in New York in August 1971, the film documents the raw Nu Yorican Latin sound at its zenith. Starring certified legends including Willie Colon, Ray Barretto and “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe and directed by Oscar-winner Leon Gast (‘When We Were Kings’), the footage is spliced with atmospheric street scenes on rubbish-filled stoops and crumbling bodegas in Spanish Harlem.
To celebrate the film’s first official release on DVD by Strut / Fania, Shook and Strut present an exclusive London screening at La Bodeguita, a vibrant restaurant and venue in Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, on Wednesday 30th November at 8.00pm. Come have some drinks, eat some rice & beans, and celebrate an essential cultural document.
OUR LATIN THING (NUESTRA COSA)
+ DJ Duncan Brooker (Strut)
Wednesday 30th November 2011
Doors: 7.00pm / Film: 8.00pm
La Bodeguita • Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre • London SE1 6TE
Tickets: £5 door / £4 in advance at www.ticketweb.co.uk
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