Enter the world of internationally renown Cuban musician Carlos Varela…singer, song-writer, lyricist, one of the most influential and well-loved artists of his time as he celebrates his 30th anniversary in poignant performances. Discover his cultural, political and social significance. How he was influenced by his country, politics and people, and how he has influenced them in return. His struggle for individual freedoms, and his efforts to build bridges between Cuba, the United States, disenfranchised Cubans, and the people of the world.
Shot in Havana, with unique access, exclusive interviews, stunning concert and insider back-stage moments. Varela is joined by international stars, his friends, Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, Juan and Samuel Formel, Diana Fuentes, X Alfonso, Alexander Abreu and more.
While shooting my next film “The Forbidden Shore”, -arguably the most comprehensive look at the contemporary Cuban music scene ever documented – I encountered Carlos Varela, and in him a friend, musician, lyricist and voice so singular, so powerful, so moving and so inspiring I was compelled to tell his story in a film all of it’s own.
Influenced early on by protest music and it’s themes, I was fascinated to discover that in Cuba the inspiration for music to affect culture, change, and champion freedom and liberty still pours from the heart and soul of Carlos Varela into every word and note he sings.