First Fridays! Africanísimo 9
Friday, August 7, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Grab a blanket and join us for a free outdoor screening of the films Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories by Pam Sporn, Courtesy Third World Newsreel and Major Leagues? by Ernesto Pérez Zambrano, Courtesy Icarus Films.


Special performance by Chino Pons and Grupo Irek. Music by DJ Asho. 

Produced in collaboration with the African Film Festival and Asho Productions.



Free admission

Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Grand Concourse between E 161 Street and E 164 Street
Rain Location: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2nd floor North Wing


About the films

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories
Pam Sporn, Cuba/USA, 2000, 57min.
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories highlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban family, from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. Diana, Ruben, and Pablo reveal stories of growing political awareness, overcoming the dangers of the streets, and coming into their own as Afro-Latinos.
View the trailer here


Major Leagues?
Ernesto Perez Zambrano, Cuba, 2013, 27min.
Spanish with English subtitles
Major Leagues? profiles members of the Cuban National women's baseball team, who pursue their passion in a society filled with machismo and prejudice.
View the trailer here 


About the performers

Singer, bandleader, composer, dancer and record producer Cuban-born Chino Pons is considered one of the leading New York City-based Cuban musicians. Growing up in an environment of traditional and Afro-Cuban music, among musicians and legendary dancers from 1940's and 1950's, had a great influence on him and inspired him to create music. Chino's relatives gave him a solid foundation in Son Cubano music, and absorbing their knowledge of Rumba Guaguanco, Yambu, Columbia, Cha Cha Cha, Danzon, and Bolero gave him the desire to create a new, more modern, sound while still maintaining many elements of traditional Cuban music.


In 2007, he formed Grupo Irek with Hensy Perez, Tosso Hettinger and Heriberto Valentin, and made his first recording as a bandleader with them in 2008. Chino continues to perform live and is currently working on his next album, spreading his unique taken on classic Cuban music throughout the world. He recently founded Guanabacoa Records, a record label focusing on traditional Cuban Music.



Public and Community Engagement Programs are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

"Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories," Courtesy Third World Newsreel


Major Leagues?, Courtesy Icarus Films.


Chino Pons


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