© Sebastian Cort & Moe Najati
© Sebastian Cort & Moe Najati
© Sebastian Cort & Moe Najati
Director : Moe Najati


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Market Screening
  • date:15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00 CEST
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


The film is available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.

Directed by Moe Najati
20mins | UK, 2020 | Spanish with English subtitles

Every Sunday deep in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Havana, you will find Rumba Morena; a band of nine Cuban dancers, drummers, and singers, performing with astounding passion, and fervour. While it's not unusual to hear the sound of Rumba in Havana, Rumba Morena is different - they are all women. The film aims to peer under the skin of the complex intersection of religion, music and gender dynamics affecting the circumstances around Rumba Morena and explore the roots influencing the male resistance to Rumba Morena's music.

Moe Najati is an award-winning director of documentary, fiction, and commercial films who has a unique eye for light and colour and an ability to capture the less-seen beauty of the world around him. He has also directed a short documentary Daghwah and documentary music video Welcome to My House.

Produced by Villager Films
Producers Matt Cooper, Georgia Woolley
Director of Photography Sebastian Cort, Moe Najati
Sound Tom Ryan
Editor Moe Najati
Music by Pedro Farinas, Amado Dedeu, Diunis O'farrill, Olga Echavarria, Ramon Rodreguez, Rujaine O'farrill, Israel Teran, Valdes O'farrill, Thairumy Chirino, Gladis Cabrera, Rumba morena, Richard Harvey, Almedia Berriel, Pedro Francisco, Clave Y Guaguanco, Tata Guines Jr.
Film Contact Villager Films