About The Film
Jewish soul and Cuban song meet on the dance floor in this nostalgic look back at the jubilant mambo phenomenon that swept the nation in the 1950s. Seeking a diversion after the war, Jewish Americans fell head over heels for the hot-blooded mix of sultry, infectious Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms coming from Havana. The mambo’s rise is traced from Cuba to its peak popularity in neon-splashed New York, the art deco hotels of Miami Beach, and the resorts of the Catskills. Against an upbeat big band soundtrack, the free-spirited mamboniks of yesteryear reunite to spin colorful tales, recalling their love affair with the Cuban dance craze, and their kinship with diverse cultures at a time of racial segregation and anti-Semitism.