The DC Film Festival this month featured the premiere of Ron Chapman’s “The Forbidden Shore”.
Director Ron Chapman and his documentary capture five decades of Cuban cultural, artistic, and political stories through music. More than 40 concerts and interviews are featured throughout the film.
Award-winning filmmaker, Ron Chapman, produced and directed this third documentary feature following the successful, award-winning film, “The Poet of Havana”, based on the life and career of Cuban musician Carlos Varela. He also produced and directed one of the decade’s best and most successful music documentaries, “Who the F**K is Arthur Fogel.”The film was seen in over 40 countries.
Chapman began in the music industry as a musician, manager, producer, and nightclub proprietor.
Chapman tells the story of the Cuban people’s struggles through music and voice. His unique access to Cuba’s streets, people, musicians’ lives and personal stories make up the poignant vision that emerges from the Cuban people. Young and old voices are heard as they begin to experience the island nation’s new changes that were once only dreams. Music included in the documentary includes a variety of different genres common in Cuba, including: classic Son, Salsa, Trova, Nueva Trova, Reggaton, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Rap, DJ, Hip-Hop, Classical, Choral, Pop, Changu, Danzon, Rumba, Yoruba, Bolero, Conga, Timba, Mambo, Jazz Cubano, and more.