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“Our story of two Afro-Cuban virtuosos who love their own countries, love each other’s countries, and love each other, adds a level of nuance rarely seen in news or documentar­y reporting on Cuba,” say filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider of the tale of two long-separated brothers — one living in the U.S., one living in Cuba — reuniting, however fleetingly, to create beautiful music. “Aldo and Ilmar have remained connected as much as possible but never had the chance to record music together or work seriously on composing and arranging Aldo’s original work,” the directors note of the joyous results of their collaborat­ions. “We saw very clearly the benefits of tearing down rather than erecting walls and understood that where politician­s fail, artists can succeed.”

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