JIFF-The Mamboniks

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“...heartfelt, profound and joyous.” - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Bagels meet bongos in The Mamboniks, an energetic documentary that tells the little-known story of the Jewish love affair with Latin music. Set in New York, Havana, Miami Beach, and the Catskill Mountains, this uplifting film features a lovable, somewhat zany collection of dancers from the 1950s. Now retired yet still dancing, they share their passion for the mambo, the hot dance from Cuba that became a world-wide sensation. With an infectious soundtrack including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and mambo king Pérez Prado, this film explores a mostly unexamined - and surprising - aspect of Jewish life and culture.


JIFF-The Mamboniks
  • Director
  • Lex Gillespie
  • Genre
  • Comedy
  • Classification
  • E, 90 mins
  • Country of Origin
  • USA
  • Audio Language
  • English/Spanish
  • Special Note
  • This movie is subtitled
  • Distributor
  • JIFF Distribution

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